City Clerk's Office

The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for the recording and management of all vital records involving births, marriages, and deaths occurring within the City. The Office also conducts all local, state and national elections; issues many types of licenses including dog licenses, hawkers and peddlers licenses, raffle permits, and entertainment licenses; and maintains many of the City’s most important records.

Internally, the Office of the City Clerk views itself as an information source and communication conduit between the general public and city government.

Dog License Renewals

Now Issuing 2017-2018 Dog Licenses

At the Board of Aldermen meeting of September 12, 2017, the Board committed the warrant to the Chief of Police, or his designee, for those residents who have not yet licensed their dogs for 2017 - 2018.  Renewal notices were sent by email or mail in March 2017, reminder postcards were mailed in May 2017 and then phone calls were made to those residents we had phone number on file.  Since we did not hear back from the owners, our office has to assume residents still own their dog(s).   Starting September 14, 2017 we are assessing a $25 civil forfeiture fee, as well as a $7 cost of service fee, per dog, besides the licensing fee and late fees for every dog not licensed for 2017-2018.  All accounts will have to be brought current in order to license for this year. Any outstanding fines and fees will have to be paid before we license for the current year.

The Office of the City Clerk is now issuing dog tags and licenses for the 2017 - 2018 licensing year. State of New Hampshire RSA 466:1 requires that every owner or keeper of a dog four months old or older shall annually cause it to be registered, numbered, described, and licensed for one year in the city or town in which the dog is kept.  Regardless of when the license is obtained, the license shall be effective from May 1st of each year to April 30th of the subsequent year. 

In order for a dog to be licensed, the owner or keeper of the dog must furnish proof of a current rabies vaccination.  If the dog has been spayed or neutered, and it is not currently on file, the owner or keeper needs to provide the proper documentation in order to receive the discounted rate.

To license your dog by mail, please print off the Dog License Application, complete in full and return to the City Clerk's Office with the required documentation.

The cost of a dog license is as follows:
Puppy (ages 4-7 months) - $7.50
Spayed or neutered dogs - $7.50
Unaltered female or male dogs - $10
Senior citizen dog - $3.00 (owner who is 65 years old or older on the first dog only)

If you did not license your dog for the 2016 - 2017 licensing year, you will be responsible for bringing your account current and paying for a license for 2016-2017, as well as, late fees ($1.00 per month from June forward) and a $25 civil forfeiture fee and $7 cost of service fee. 

Feel free to contact the City Clerk at 589-3010 if you have any questions or if you would like to verify the information we have on your dog(s).

Overnight Parking - City Streets

Overnight parking on city streets is prohibited under city ordinances except within designated locations within the city’s downtown and French Hill area. For information about the downtown, overnight parking  program, including the streets where overnight parking is permitted and the residents who are eligible to acquire annual permits, please read over the Parking Ordinance (PDF).

The permits can be obtained in the City Clerk's Office, 229 Main Street, Room 102.  Please make sure you review the documents required to obtain a permit and bring those documents with you to our office.  The permit fee is $10 and is good until December 31st of each year.   Current permits are being issued that will expire on December 31, 2018.  There are only 550 permits available and they are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.   Please note that new streets were added in December 2017, which will allow residents to purchase a pass, but the passes will only be authorized until December 31, 2018 and will not be able to be renewed.

Landlords Provide Notice

  • NH RSA 540 Requires that Certain Landlords Provide Notice of NH Resident Authorized to Accept Service of Legal Proceeding

540:1-b Landlord's Agent Required

An owner of restricted property, as defined in RSA 540:1-a, shall...within 30 days of becoming the owner or within 30 days of the effective date of this section, whichever occurs later, file a statement with the town or city clerk of the municipality in which the property is located that provides the name, address, and telephone number of a person within the state who is authorized to accept service of process for any legal proceeding brought against the owner relating to the restricted property. Such person authorized to accept service may be the owner of the premises (if a NH resident).

View the law and access Code Enforcement Emergency Information Form (PDF) which may be used to comply with this law in the City of Nashua is available here. Nashua does not charge a fee for this filing.