City Hall - Brewer, Maine

Dog Licenses

The State of Maine requires that dogs be licensed in the town of residence of the
owner. City Ordinance limits the number of dogs to be kept at any one residence to 4 (more than six months of age).

When do dogs need to be licensed?

All dogs need to be licensed upon reaching the age of 6 months, or after the dog has been with the family for 10 days (if adopted). Dog licenses expire on December 31st of each year but can be licensed as early as October 15th. Late fees are imposed starting on February 1st.

Where can I obtain a dog license?

New and renewal dog licenses are now available to process online between October 15 and January 31!

Please click the image below to be redirected to the appropriate website.

To complete a dog license online, you will need:

  • Credit Card
  • License/Tag Number (Renewal Only)
  • State of Maine Rabies Certificate
  • Veterinarian’s Name and Phone Number
  • Spay or Neuter Certificate (if your dog has been “fixed”)

Dog licenses are available at the Tax Office on the lower level of Brewer City Hall
Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. Please bring a copy of the current rabies
certificate and spay/neuter certificate (if applicable) or call the Tax Office (207) 989-7060 to see if we have updated information on file.

What is the cost?

Spayed/neutered dog $6.00 ($7.00 online)
Dog capable of offspring $11.00 ($12.00 online)
Kennel license (1-10 dogs) $42.00
Late fee (after Jan 31) $25.00 for each dog

What do my dog licensing fees support?

  • Local Animal Control Officers and State Humane Agents
  • Investigation of animal cruelty complaints and enforcement of animal welfare laws
  • Compliance with rabies vaccination of dogs
  • Care for sick and injured stray animals
  • Return of lost dogs to their owners

Have you lost your dog’s tag and it is not time to renew the license?

Replacement dog tags can be provided at Brewer City Hall at no cost.

May a dog run at large* in the State of Maine?

It is unlawful for any dog to run “at large”* except when it is used for hunting.
“at large” means off the premises of the owner and not under the control of any person.

The City of Brewer does have an ordinance on the disposal of dog waste.

Brewer City Ordinances, Chapter 26- Art. 2, Sec. 208. DUTY TO DISPOSE OF FECES. It shall be a violation of this Chapter for any person who owns or keeps a dog to fail to immediately remove and dispose of any feces left by his or her dog on any street, sidewalk, publicly owned property or private property of another. Is shall be a violation of this Ordinance for any person who owns or keeps a dog to appear with such dog on any City street, sidewalk or publicly owner property without the means of removal of
canine feces that may be left by such dog. For the purpose of this section, the means of removal shall be any tool, implement, or other device carried for the purpose of picking up and containing such feces. Disposal shall be accomplished by transporting such
feces to a toilet designed for the disposal of human feces, or by placing the feces in a sealed plastic bag and depositing it in a dumpster or container that is used to collect trash for appropriate disposal.

SECTION 801. PENALTY. The owner of any dog, cat, livestock, exotic animal, wild
animal, or bees, upon conviction of violating any provision of the Ordinance, shall be punished by a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). So please do your neighbors a favor by removing your dog’s waste.