Dog Licenses and the Leash Law

The licensing period begins April 1 and ends March 31 of the following year. Licenses are sold year-round, with new licenses available for purchase in the City Clerk’s Office in March of the new licensing year.

Licenses for the 2024 licensing period will be available on March 18, 2024 at the City Clerk’s Office Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All forms of payment are accepted.


  • Valid veterinarian’s certificate, indicating unexpired rabies vaccination and current Fall River address
  • $15 fee for unneutered male and unspayed female dogs
  • $10 fee for neutered male and spayed female dogs, with veterinarian’s certificate
  • $5 mail processing fee for mailed or online requests
Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 139, any dog owner 70 years of age or older is entitled to a free license with proof of age.

Licenses may also be purchased by mail or online on the City Clerk’s Online Payment Center.

To ensure timely processing of mailed requests, please:

  • Include check or money order payable to the City of Fall River with exact license and mail processing fees
  • Mail request to City Clerk, One Government Center, Fall River, MA 02722
For more information about dog licenses and the leash law, click here.