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Posted on: May 1, 2018

It's Time to Register Your Pet

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Renewal notices have been sent by mail to all owners of licensed dogs and cats in the City of Summit. State law requires the licensing of every dog that has either reached seven months of age, or has a set of permanent teeth.  By local ordinance, cats are licensed at seven months as well.

All animals should be registered within 10 days of moving to Summit or reaching licensing age. However, a current license from another New Jersey municipality is accepted as compliance until an existing license expires. Once the license expires, the animal must be licensed in Summit.


Proof of rabies protection must accompany all applications. The State Department of Health has advised that municipalities may not license pets with rabies vaccinations that have expired longer than two months before the end of the license year. Residents must submit proof of rabies vaccination (photocopy acceptable) with an expiration date of March 31, 2019 or later. For medical reasons, some puppies or dogs are given a one-year inoculation that may not cover the registration period. Please contact the Summit Health Department for guidance in these cases.

All renewal notices must be received by the City's Health Department no later than the end of business day on Thursday, May 31, 2018. After that date, a late fee of $10.00 per pet will apply. There is no late fee for first time registration. Summit residents with questions about licensing or rabies vaccinations should call the Health Department at 908-277-6464.

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