Dog Licenses


State law mandates that all dogs over six months of age must be licensed in the town in which they reside and must wear the tag on a collar around their neck. 
All dogs licensed in the State of Connecticut require a current rabies vaccination. The Town Clerk encourages licensing by mail. Please provide the documentation and fee as outlined below, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you are licensing a new dog by mail, please also include your name, address, phone number, the dog’s name, age, breed and color.


Puppies must be licensed by the time they turn 6 months old. New dogs must be licensed within 30 days of obtaining them. You must provide documentation from the veterinarian showing the expiration date of your dog’s rabies vaccination (not the tag). No licenses will be issued without this information. If your dog has been spayed or neutered, you must bring documentation from the veterinarian as proof (or check your rabies certificate as it might state that your dog is an "MN" (male neutered or an "FS" (female spayed). The fee for licensing an unaltered dog is $19.00. The fee for licensing a spayed or neutered dog is $8.00. Licenses not applied for within the required 30 days will be subject to a penalty of $1.00 per month.


All dog licenses are renewed in June to become effective July 1. If your dog’s rabies vaccination has expired since the last time you licensed your dog, you must provide documentation from the veterinarian showing the new expiration date. No licenses will be renewed without this information. If your dog is newly spayed or neutered, you must bring documentation from the veterinarian.  The fee for renewing the license of an unaltered dog is $19.00. The fee for renewing the license of a spayed or neutered dog is $8.00. A late fee of $1.00 per month per dog is assessed. 


If your dog is currently licensed in one Connecticut town and you have since moved to East Haddam, you can transfer the dog’s license for a $1.00 fee.  Also, if you acquire a dog that is already licensed by its prior owner, you may transfer that license to your name for $1.00


If your dog loses its tag, a replacement can be obtained for $1.00.


Kennel licenses are available in groups of 10 tags. The fee is $51.00. Licenses not issued by June 30th may be subject to late penalties.
Violation of the licensing law carries a fine to be imposed by the Animal Control Officer. For further information, click here:    Animal Control
Last updated: 8/2015 PM

dog license application.pdf

licensing - CT summary.pdf

Liquor Licenses

Liquor permits are obtained through the State Liquor Control Commission, however they must be recorded at the Town Clerk’s office. Effective July 1, 2018 the fee is $20.00.

Sport Licenses

Sporting licenses can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office or on line at
The Town receives $1.00 for each license issued at its office.  The Town Clerk’s Office does not accept credit card payments.

Proof of successful completion of the appropriate Connecticut Conservation Education course or a license issued within the past  five years must be available in order to obtain a firearms, bow or trapping license in Connecticut.

Marriage Certificates

Marriage Licenses and certified copies of Marriace Certificates.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses must be obtained in the town where the ceremony is to be held. There is no requirement for premarital blood work or a waiting period in Connecticut.   The East Haddam Town Clerk’s Office has jurisdiction to issue marriage licenses for ceremonies occurring within its borders only. 

At the Town Clerk’s office, both parties will complete a license worksheet (general information about each person, including parents’ names/maiden names and the state or country of parents’ birth). The license will be prepared while the applicants wait, and they will leave with their license in hand. Once issued, it is valid for 65 days, the ceremony must be performed within the borders of East Haddam.  July 1, 2018 the fee increased to $50.00 due at the time of application.  .

After the ceremony has been performed, the license must be returned to the town of occurrence by the Officiator.  Certified copies shall be available at the Town Clerk's Office in the town where the ceremony was held and subsequently in the towns of residence of both parties as long as the towns are within Connecticut.  Likewise, certified copies of marriage licenses for East Haddam residents that occurred in other towns within our state will be available at the East Haddam Town Clerk’s Office. Social security information shall be redacted on any marriage license issued if the requestor is not named in the certificate.  The fee for issuance of a certified copy is $20.00.

The Town Clerk's Office does not accept debit or credit cards.  Please be prepared to tender payment either by cash or check.

Marriage License Worksheet.pdf

Application for certified copy of Marriage license.pdf

Justice of the Peace

EAST HADDAM Justices of the Peace (Term to 2021)

Robert Bennett                        
42 Beebe Road, East Haddam, CT 06423
Joanne B. Bernard                  
41 Maple Avenue, East Haddam, CT 06423 
Randolph W. Dill                     
155 Beebe Road, East Haddam, CT 06423 
Bruce Dutch                            
91 Moodus-Leesville Road, Moodus, CT 06469 
Lynn C. Eimutis                      
79 Cherry Swamp Road, Moodus, CT 06469   
vacancy (d)
vacancy 2 (u)
Janet I. Heisler                        
48 Hopyard Road, East Haddam, CT 06423    
James Johnson                  
121 Moodus Leesville Road
Moodus, CT 06469     
Mary Ellen Klink                      
2 Broom Road
East Haddam, CT 06423       
Sundai Jordon
9 Stanley Avenue
East Haddam, CT 06423
Emmett J. Lyman III
136 Town Street, East Haddam, CT 06423
Mary Murphy
197 River Road
East Haddam, CT 06423
Bradley P. Parker                    
318 Town Street, East Haddam, CT 06423       
Craig Rogoff
65 Falls Bashan Road
Moodus, CT 06469
Mark B. Walter                         
10 Deer Run
East Haddam, CT 06423
 Michael D. Werner                  
63 Alger Road
East Haddam, CT 06423

Town Clerk’s Office
Debra H. Denette, Town Clerk
Beverly R. Christopher, Assistant Town Clerk
PO Box 385, 1 Plains Road
Moodus, CT 06469


The Clerk’s Office is closed to the public until further notice.   
The following constitutes our plans so that we can continue to operate.

On Line Land Records:  Our land record images are free to view for the duration of the National Emergency.  East Haddam has images available from June 1983 to the current date.  Prior to that date, please call the Office, we will attempt to assist you. The web address is:  By changing the date in the date range to the current date you will have the most up to date information.  The date indicated is the date we are verified through (someone has to check the checker).

Recordings:  Please call 860-873-5027 for drop box instructions.  Please put your fax number or email with the recording so that we can forward the receipt with your recording information to you.  It would be preferable if you mail your recording. 

Sportsman’s Licenses

You may procure your licenses at
If you do not have a printer, we will be happy to print and mail the license to you once payment has been made via the on line option.  If you are entitled to a free license we will process the license and mail it to you upon request. Payments by cash or check can be made at the drop box window, and we will process your license through the box.

Dog’s Licenses

2020/2021 licenses go on sale June 1st.  We are asking that all licensing be processed through the mail this year.  The drop box is another option, but not ideal for mass processing.  Renewal notices will be mailed prior to June 1st.

Liquor Permits

Please call the office for instructions if you have a permit to file. 

Absentee Balloting

Presidential preference primaries have been rescheduled to August 11, 2020.  Ballots are not available at this time, accordingly, please process your application entirely through the mail at this time.

Notary Public service

Notarial services are being conducted at the Clerk window and through the tax collectors drop box.  Please call for additional information and to arrange for an appointment.

Vital Statistics

Copies of birth, marriages and death certificates will be processed through the mail only.  Please visit the Clerk’s website at for the application and information on mail processing instructions.

Marriage Licenses

Please call the office to discuss.

Filing of Death Certificates

Please call the office for an appointment.   

Agenda’s and Minutes

Minutes are available for review at 

For all other concerns, please call or email the Office.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this crisis together.

Deb Denette

1 Plains Road
PO Box 385
Moodus ,
Fax: 860-873-5042

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00am - 4:00pm
9:00am - 7:00pm
9:00am - 12:00pm