Description & Mission of the Town Clerk

The Town Clerk is the communication spokesperson to and for the local citizenry. The Clerk's office is the first door of government accessed by individuals seeking information and resolution to issues and problems. The Clerk's office is deeply dedicated and involved in the community, offering patient and compassionate advice in a professional and personable manner.
  1. Nomination Papers for Annual Town Election Available

    All voters registered to vote in South Hadley are eligible to run for town office and town meeting member. Read on...
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LICENSE YOUR DOG ONLINE you will need current rabies number and expiration date

Who must License?
All dogs in the Town of South Hadley must be licensed annually once the dog reaches six months old.  beagle dog wearing dog license

Licensing Fees 
The annual fees for licensing your dogs are as follows:
Spayed or neutered                   $10.00            
Unaltered (male or female)        $15.00

Late Fees
Applications for a license received after March 31st will be assessed a late fee of $15, along with the license fee.

When Do I License My Dog?
Current licenses expire on March 31st, 2019. The Clerk's Office begins issuing new licenses in January because reminders are included with the annual town census.

View more information on licensing your dog

2019 Annual Town Census

South Hadley residents receive the Annual Town Census form in the mail in January each year. General Laws of Massachusetts mandate an annual street listing of residents as of January 1 each year. When you get the form in the mail update the information provided by adding, deleting, or making changes below the printed information. Please sign and respond within ten days, even if no changes are necessary.

If you are a dog owner, you may use the attached dog registration form to register your dog. All dogs need to be registered annually, as required by Massachusetts law. View more information on licensing your dog.

Nomination Papers for April 9, 2019 Annual Town Election

Nomination papers for Town Moderator, Select Board, School Committee, Board of Assessor, Board of Health, Planning Board, Municipal Light Board, Trustee for Free Public Library, Housing Authority, Councilor for Hampshire Council of Government and Town Meeting Member are available at the Town Clerk’s office beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

All voters registered to vote in South Hadley are eligible to run for town office and town meeting member.

Town-wide office nomination papers must be signed by at least fifty registered voters in South Hadley. Candidates are advised to collect more than fifty signatures to ensure the requisite number of certified signatures.

Town meeting member nomination papers must be signed by at least ten registered voters of the precinct in which the candidate resides.

Nomination papers for all of the above offices must be filed at the Town Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Voters in each precinct will elect eight town meeting members for three years, and elect other members as necessary to fill existing vacancies for a one and two year terms.

South Hadley residents must be registered voters by Wednesday, March 20, 2019 to vote in the April 9, 2019 Annual Town Election.

Please call Town Clerk, Carlene C. Hamlin with any additional questions at (413) 538-5017 ext.115.