Dog Licensing

It's the Law!

New York State Agriculture and Markets Law [Article 7, Section 109] requires that all dogs living within New York State be licensed upon reaching four months of age.

Brighton Town Code requires that the identification tag issued when the dog is first licensed shall be affixed to a collar on the dog at all times.

You Can Now Renew Your Dog's License Online  **

      Your dog's rabies information must be current in our system in order to renew online.

      If the rabies vaccination information on the renewal notice is blank (see below), scan proof of rabies to PDF, JPEG or TIFF and submit via this form.  Please make sure the certificate shows all of the information in the image below.  We will update the information in the system and you will be able to proceed with the renewal - typically on the next business day.


     If your dog's rabies vaccination information on the renewal notice is current, follow here to continue.

     ** Service dog licenses must be renewed in person at the Town Clerk's Office

Help us keep our records up to date

Have you turned 65 since your dog's last renewal?  Has the dog received an updated rabies vaccination?  Has the dog been spayed or neutered?  Have you (or the dog) moved to a new home?  Has the dog passed away?  Do you have a new phone number or email address?  

Please let us know any updated information via this form.

The Following is Required When Licensing a Dog

Veterinarian's Certificate indicating current rabies vaccination.

Spayed or neutered dogs require proof of spaying/neutering.  This can usually be satisfied with the rabies certificate, sex may be noted as FS or MN.

License Your Dog in Person

Bring your rabies vaccination certificate, certificate of spay/neuter (if applicable) and cash/check/credit for the appropriate fee.

Renew Your Dog License by Mail

Mail-in your rabies vaccination certificate, certificate of spay/neuter (if applicable) and a check for the appropriate fee. Make sure the owner information is included on the paperwork. Mail to:

Daniel Aman, Town Clerk
2300 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

You can also save a stamp and utilize our payment drop box at Town Hall Entrance #9 (rear of building).

Renew Your Dog License Online

Follow this link to renew your dog's license. Our vendor adds a $1.75 convenience fee per transaction. Your dog must have a current rabies vaccination to utilize this option

Fee Schedule

Male Neutered/Female Spayed $10.00
Senior Citizen (65 and over) $7.00
Male Unneutered/Female Unspayed $20.00
Senior Citizen (65 and over) $15.00

The Town Clerk accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards for all dog license transactions.

There is a $20 fee for any returned checks.


All dogs in the Town of Brighton are hereby required to be restrained by a leash no longer than 20 feet in length while off the owner's premises.

Lost Dogs
Under the Brighton Town Code, any officer or Animal Control Officer of the Town may seize any dog not on the owner's premises or any unlicensed dog, whether or not on the owner's premises. This is in accordance with Chapter 118 or Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law of the State of New York.

Stray dogs are taken to Pittsford Animal Hospital, located at 2816 Monroe Avenue. Their telephone number is (585) 271-7700. If a stray is picked up during non-business hours, it is taken to Veterinary Specialists of Rochester, located at 825 White Spruce Blvd. Their telephone number is (585) 424-1277.

The dog can be released once the clerk has proof of current license and payment of boarding and seizure fees.  Unfortunately, if a dog is picked up after the close of business on Friday, you will not be able to redeem your dog until Monday morning.

Monroe County Dog Parks

There are now FOUR dog parks under the umbrella of the Monroe County Parks Department. The dog parks provides a legal recreational outlet for dog owners who want to exercise and socialize their dogs in a safe leash-free environment. More information can be found at the Monroe County Parks Department website.

​Lollypop Farm Spay/Neuter Incentive Program

The Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP) provides access to spay/neuter services for household dogs & cats at a greatly reduced cost to pet owners who meet certain qualification criteria.

Learn more about the program: