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One of the responsibilities of pet ownership is compliance with any applicable laws, which are meant to ensure the health and safety of both the pet and the public. New York State Agriculture & Markets Law requires that the owner of every dog 4 months of age or older must apply for a dog license in the municipality where the dog is harbored. This provides for the identification of dogs, the control and protection of the dog population, and the protection of persons, property, domestic animals and deer from dog attack and damage. Dogs must wear their identification tag on their collar at all times, unless they are participating in a dog show. A link to the law is provided below.
New York State Legislation on Licensing, Identification and Control of Dogs
Aside from the law, here are some practical reasons to license your dog:
Visit the Animal Control page for more information.
Town of Ballston Documents and Forms:
Dog Licenses are available at the Town Clerk's office, open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Please provide:
Please Note: If you wish to register your dog for Jenkins Dog Park, proof of distemper vaccination is required as well and additional fees may apply.
Please call the Town Clerk's office with any questions at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
New York State Law requires that all dogs four months of age and older must be licensed in the Town in which they reside.
*** Licenses are valid for one year; you will receive a renewal notice by mail.
To get an initial license for your dog you will need the following three items:
1. Town of Ballston Dog License Application Form
2. Veterinarian proof of rabies vaccination
3. Payment of $10 (neutered/spayed) OR $17 (unneutered/unspayed)
Options for submittal:
Please call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext.2502 with any questions.
Dog licenses are valid for one year. Renewal notices are mailed out during the month prior to the month the license will expire.
The renewal cost is $10 (neutered/spayed) OR $17 (unneutered/unspayed).
If paying by check, please make payable to Town of Ballston.
To renew your dog's license:
1. Check the phone number, email address, etc. on the renewal notice and make corrections as needed
2. If the rabies vaccination is up to date, simply sign the bottom of the renewal notice and submit with payment
3. If the rabies vaccination requires updating:
4. If your dog has been neutered/spayed since the last renewal:
5. If you have moved or no longer shelter the dog:
Jenkins Dog Park is located within Jenkins Park, on Jenkins Road in Burnt Hills. The dog park is open daily to MEMBERS ONLY from 8 am to dusk, weather permitting.
Registration is required to use the dog park.
The Jenkins Dog Park page has full registration information and forms, as well as the dog park rules and regulations.
*Dogs younger than four months old are not allowed in the dog park.
Call the Town Clerk's office with any questions at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
New York State law requires all dogs to be licensed in the municipality in which they are harbored, even if you received a license from the shelter at the time of adoption.
When you adopt a dog at the Saratoga County animal shelter, the Town receives notification from the shelter and will send you a letter along with an information form, asking you to please complete the form and submit payment so that we can register the dog with the Town.
New York State requires that residents obtain a Parking Permit for Disabled Persons (hang tag) from the Town in which they reside.
*** Please note that License Plates for Disabled Persons are only available from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. ***
*** There is no charge for Parking Permits for Disabled Persons, and New York State allows you to have one or two. ***
You will need the following two items for temporary or permanent permits:
1. A completed New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Application for a Parking Permit or License Plates, for Persons with Severe Disabilities
*** Please make sure the form is complete, and includes signatures by both you and your doctor.
2. Your Driver's License
Temporary Parking Permits for Disabled Persons:
Permanent Parking Permits for Disabled Persons:
Please call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502 with any questions.
Temporary Parking Permits for Disabled Persons are NOT renewable:
Permanent Parking Permits for Disabled Persons ARE renewable in the Town of Ballston:
If the above two conditions apply to you, we will have your application form on file so you will not need a new form from your doctor.
Options for renewal of your permanent parking permits:
Please call the Town Clerk's office at 518-490-2502 with any questions.
Marriage licenses may only be issued in person at Town Hall, 323 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.
Appointments are preferred, available Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Both parties must be present and must bring the following to the appointment:
1. Proof of age (one of the following) - must be a minimum of 18 years old:
2. Identification (one of the following):
3. If previously married please bring all that apply to you:
4. Payment of $40.00
Visit the Information on Getting Married in New York State page on the NY State Department of Health website for much more information on marriage licenses, requirements, name change options, etc.
The officiant applicant must:
Doing Business As (DBA) licenses are issued by the Saratoga County Clerk's Office.
This office is located at:
40 McMaster StreetBallston Spa, NY 12020
For more information call 518-885-2213
A Certificate of Residency is required by many community colleges for college students or for high school students taking college classes. It proves New York State residency so you can pay the in-state resident tuition rate.
The Town of Ballston can issue Certificates of Residency for Town residents under certain circumstances:
To get a Certificate of Residency at the Town Clerk's office the following conditions must apply:
***If any of these conditions do not apply, the Town Clerk's Office cannot issue a certificate; you must apply through the Saratoga County Treasurer's Office:
40 McMaster StreetBldg. 1Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-884-4724
Visit the Saratoga County Certificate of Residency information page
If the above conditions apply, you will need the following items to apply for a Certificate of Residency:
1. A Certificate of Residency application
2. Two proofs of address
In person only:
Please call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502 with any questions.
The Freedom of Information Law, commonly known as "FOIL" (Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sections 84-90), is New York State's principal statute regarding public access to government records. For more information about FOIL, please visit the New York State Committee on Open Government.
Town of Ballston FOIL request information:
To file a FOIL request you will need the following two items:
1. A completed Freedom of Information Law Request Form (be as specific as possible about the information you are requesting)
Viewing the information at Town Hall is free.
Having copies of the information emailed to you is free.
Photocopy fees (per page):
Certified transcripts (copies) of marriage certificates may only be issued by the agency that issued the original marriage license, or by the New York State Office of Vital Records.
If you are not sure if your original marriage license was issued by the Town of Ballston, call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502 for assistance.
If your original marriage license was issued by the Town of Ballston, you will need the following three items to get a certified transcript of your marriage certificate:
1. A completed Vital Records Request Form
3. Payment of $10.00 per transcript
If your original marriage license was not issued by the Town of Ballston and you're not sure where it was issued:
To find out if your birth certificate is filed with the Town of Ballston, call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
If your original birth certificate was filed with the Town of Ballston you will need the following three items to get a certified transcript (copy):
If your original birth certificate was not issued by the Town of Ballston and you're not sure where it was issued:
Certified transcripts (copies) of death certificates are only available from the agency that issued the original death certificate.
The following people are eligible to get a copy of a death certificate (from the New York State Office of Vital Records ):
If you are not the spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased you must document a lawful right or claim. For example, you may need a death certificate to claim a benefit. You would need an official letter from the agency saying you need the death record to process the claim.
If you are eligible, you will need the following four items to get a certified transcript (copy) of a death certificate:
2. Driver's License
4. Documentation as required
To find out if the Town of Ballston has the genealogical birth, death, or marriage records you are looking for, call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
To get uncertified transcripts (copies) of genealogical records you will need the following three items:
1. A completed Genealogical Records Request Form
3. Payment of $11.00 per transcript
If the Town of Ballston does not have the records you are looking for, the New York State Office of Vital Records may have them.
Visit the Community Room rental page for information and policies.
Please contact the Town Clerk's Office with any questions at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
Visit the Ballston Lake Fire Department Memorial Park rental page for information and policies.
*** Please note that rental covers only use of the pavilion; the park will remain open for public use.
Please call the Town Clerk's Office with any questions at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
Visit the Jenkins Park Pavilion rental page for information and policies.