Pet Licensing

 Licensing Requirements
§ 59-3 License required. No person shall keep or harbor or suffer the keeping or harboring within the limits of the Borough of Madison any dog or cat of licensing age without first obtaining a license therefor to be issued by the Health Department of the Borough, upon application by the owner or some person on behalf of the owner and payment of the prescribed fee, and no person shall keep or harbor any dog or cat in the Borough except in compliance with the provisions for the control of animals contained in Title 4, Chapter 19, Sections 15.1 through 15.29 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey and any amendments there.

New Jersey Statute 4:19-15.15 Any person appointed for the purpose by the governing body of the municipality, shall, either annually or biennially, at the direction of the governing body, cause a canvass to be made of all dogs owned, kept or harbored within the limits of their respective municipalities and shall report, on or before September 1 of the year in which the census is taken, to the clerk or other person designated to license dogs in the municipality and to the local board of health, and to the State Department of Health the result thereof, setting forth in separate columns the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring unlicensed dogs, the number of unlicensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each of said persons, together with a complete description of each of said unlicensed dogs.

Dog & Cat Application

Municipal Licensing Procedures & Vaccination Requirements
Important information distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health requires that all New Jersey residents who own or harbor a dog 7 months of age or older are required to annually apply for and procure a dog license in the municipality where the dog is kept (N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.2). The expiration date for the dog licenses is set by the municipal government any time over the first 6 months of the calendar year and can stagger expiration dates as long as all expirations occur no later than June 30 of the calendar year (N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3a). In order to receive a license, the dog owner must supply a rabies vaccination certificate signed by the veterinarian and must extend through at least ten months of the twelve month dog licensing period for a license to be issued. (N.J.A.C. 8:23A-4.2).

If the dog’s duration of immunity expires prior to the 10th month of the 12-month dog licensing period for that municipality, the dog must receive an additional rabies vaccination prior to licensure. It should be noted that administering a rabies vaccine before the duration of immunity of a previous vaccination has expired is not associated with an increased occurrence of adverse reactions in dogs or cats.

Municipal dog licensing officials shall grant an exemption to the vaccination requirement for a dog that a licensed veterinarian certifies in writing cannot be inoculated due to an infirmity, physical condition or regimen of therapy (N.J.A.C. 8:23A-4.3). Such certification must be for a specific medical condition and not because the veterinarian or owner does not want to vaccinate the animal before the previous duration of immunity lapses.