Dog Control

The Town Clerk’s Office oversees dog control within the town. Services are provided Monday through Friday, during regular business hours. In the event of an emergency outside those hours, 911 should be called. The following information is provided to help residents both protect their pets and comply with state and local laws concerning dogs.

Dog Licenses

New York State requires all dogs over the age of 4 months to be licensed. To obtain a license, owners must provide proof of current rabies vaccination as well as proof of the dog being spayed or neutered (only if applicable).Residents of Manlius may obtain licenses for their dogs at the Town Clerk’s Office. While first-time licensing requires a visit to our office, the yearly renewal may generally be done by mail.

1st Time Dog License Registration Form

Online Dog Licensing - Renewals

If your dog's vaccination records are current in our database you may renew your dog license online. There is a convenience fee for using the online service. 

Online Dog Licensing 
Leash and Scoop


To obtain a license the owner must show proof that the dog's vaccination against rabies is current. For first-time licenses, bring your dog’s rabies certificate and, if applicable, spaying or neutering papers. 

Tagging Your Dog's Collar

Upon licensing, you will receive a tag with an identification number issued by the Town of Manlius (effective December 31, 2010). This tag must be attached to your dog’s collar (the tag can be replaced for a small fee if lost). We strongly recommend adding to the collar an additional tag which shows the address and telephone number where you can be reached. Used together, the 2 manners of tagging provide the greatest likelihood of having your dog quickly returned to you should it become lost.

Expiration & Renewal of License

A dog license is good for one year. Notification to renew is mailed to the dog’s owner by the Town of Manlius (effective December 31, 2010). When renewing, you will need to submit the fee and an updated rabies certificate if the original has expired. If your dog has been newly spayed or neutered, the papers should be presented at this time.


  • Spayed or neutered: $10
  • Not spayed or neutered: $18

Other Required Duties

New York State has various laws concerning dogs which are enforced by the towns across the state. Besides licensing requirements, the Dog Control Officer is responsible for:
  • Enforcing a prohibition on dogs chasing deer
  • Investigating and pursuing cases of “dangerous dogs”, as defined in New York State Agriculture and Market Law
  • Picking up stray dogs