Animal Licenses & Dog Park Passes

Applying for Animal Licenses

Dog and cat licenses are renewable annually. Renewal applications are mailed in December and are due in January. New pets seven months of age or older must be licensed at this time or when this age is reached during the year. Application instructions are on the second page of the registration/renewal form (PDF).


If rabies vaccination information or spay/neutering status has changed during the year, please include the veterinarian certification so that pet records may be updated. All required documentation and the appropriate fee must be submitted together with the renewal form or everything will be returned to you. A rabies vaccination must be valid through October 31st of the licensing year in order to purchase an animal license.


  • License for a neutered or spayed dog or cat:    $15.00
  • License for a non-neutered or non-spayed dog or cat:   $20.00
  • Late fee for license renewals after March 1:   $5.00
    • NOTE: There are no late fees charged for newly acquired dog and cat licenses received on or after March 1st.
  • Dog Park Pass fee for resident:  $10.00
  • Dog Park Pass fee for non-resident:  $20.00 (requires proof of a current animal license from the owner's community)

Apply for a New Dog License & Dog Park Pass

Please complete, print and return the application form (PDF) to the Livingston Health Department along with the following:

  • Proof of rabies vaccination valid through October 31st of the licensing year
  • Proof of spaying / neutering (if applicable)

Livingston Dog Park

The Livingston Dog Park is located at East Hills Park on Shrewsbury Drive near East Cedar Street. The Dog Park offers two distinct play areas -- one for smaller dogs, and a separate area for dogs of all sizes. 

Visit the Livingston Dog Park page.


For after-hours emergencies, call Police Headquarters at 973-992-3000. They will contact an animal control officer.

Animal Shelter

The Animal Shelter is located at 81 Naylon Avenue. The Shelter is always happy to accept donations of pet items such as carriers, leashes, collars, beds, bleach, paper towels, cat/dog toys, treats, cat/dog food, or any other similar items.

Redemption & Adoption

Occasionally, animals are lost or available for adoption. If you have lost an animal or are interested in adoption, please call the Livingston Animal Shelter at 973-992-3000, press "0",  or visit our petfinder page.

Be a Good Pet Owner Neighbor

  • Make sure your dog cannot leave your property. 
  • Use a leash under 6 feet and have your dog under control when not on your property. 
  • Limit barking times to less than 15 minutes during the day and not at all at night. 
  • Always pick up after your pet. 
  • Do not allow your dog or cat on the neighbor’s property.
  • Have your pets vaccinated against rabies.
  • Do not feed stray cats or other wildlife or place food outside. 
    • As tempting as this is, doing so encourages wild animals to become dependent on humans, curbing their ability to survive independently. It also draws greater numbers of animals to your property, leading to excessive animal droppings finding their way into the water system in a concentrated area.