SUMMIT, NJ - The deadline for Summit residents to renew dog and cat licenses is May 31, with renewal notices previously sent by mail to all owners of licensed dogs and cats in the City. State law requires the licensing of every dog that has either reached the age of seven months, or has a set of permanent teeth. By local ordinance, cats must be licensed at age seven months as well.

All animals are required to be registered within ten days of moving to Summit or reaching licensing age. However, a current license for another New Jersey municipality is accepted as compliance until that 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 -- a photocopy is acceptable -- with an expiration date of March 31, 2018 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 City of Summit Health Department for guidance in these cases.

All renewal notices must be received by the City of Summit Health Department no later than the end of business day on Wednesday, May 31. After that date, a late fee of $10 for each pet will apply. There is no late fee for first-time registration.