SUMMIT, NJ - The deadline to renew dog and cat licenses is May 31, with the City of Summit Health Department having sent renewal notices to all owners of licensed dogs via the U.S. mail. 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 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.

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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 license year. Residents must submit proof of rabies vaccination (photocopy acceptable) with an expiration date of March 31, 2020 or later.

For medical reasons, some puppies or dogs are given a one-year inoculation that may not cover the registration period. In cases such as these, residents are asked to contact the Summit Health Department for guidance.

All renewal notices must be received by the City's Health Department no later than the end of business day on Friday, May 31, 2019. After that date, a late fee of $10 per pet will apply. There is no late fee for first time registration.

The City of Summit Health Department can be reached by calling 908-277-6464.