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Deborah Collins, City Clerk
City Hall, 355 Main St., 1st Floor
West Haven, CT 06516
Tel: 203-937-3535
Fax: 203-937-3504
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Plan early if you want to be
married at City Hall on Valentine’s Day.

To view city land records, click on www.searchiqs.com.
The primary mission of the city clerk’s office is to provide the taxpayers of West Haven with the following services:
  • Handles all birth, marriage and death certificates recorded by the city clerk.
  • Issues licenses for dogs, hunting/fishing, liquor, marriage and trade names.
  • Maintains maps of land records.
  • Records all land records (15,000 for the year).
  • Records notary public certificates.
  • Provides free Valentine’s Day weddings.
The city clerk’s office has enhanced its computer system with state-of-the-art technology. The upgrade to the Cott System included two new servers, a Fujitsu Duplex document scanner and four new desktop workstations. The new system is based on Microsoft’s SQL database and has a browsing server for querying information. Land record information is scanned into the system, and land record books are printed and maintained right in the city clerk’s office.
We are also connected to the State Vital Registration System, providing up-to-the-minute vital birth records from the surrounding cities and towns.
The city of West Haven was chosen as the midsize city to participate in the Absentee Ballot Pilot Program, which the state viewed as a success. We also received a $12,000 grant from the State Library, which was applied to the cost of our new Land Records System. The staff of the city clerk’s office continues to work hard to provide the taxpayers of West Haven with professional and efficient customer service.
Implemented New Indexing System with a Scanning Unit.
This enabled us to print our books and achieve timely information recording.
Received a $12,000 grant from the State Library Historic Grant Program.
Held two primaries and two elections.
Recorded 12,863 documents — 3,000 more than last year.
Received $10,000 in grant money.

Improve customer care and service to the public.
Install a new terminal in vault office to achieve above objective.
Apply for another grant from the Preservation and Historic Grant Program.
Remember ... June is Dog Licensing Month!

Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have an up-to-date rabies shot.
Neutered male, spayed female      $8
Male, Female                              $19
Licenses can be issued through the mail if desired.
Copy of rabies vaccination and fee can be mailed to city clerk and dog license is mailed to the individual, saving a trip to City Hall.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Resident - Firearms hunting                        $19
Resident - Fishing                                      $28
Resident - Marine fishing                            $10   
Resident - Combo fishing and hunting          $38
Resident - Trapping                                    $34
Resident - Junior trapping                           $11
Junior Firearms hunting                              $11
Resident over 65                                        FREE
Handicapped license                                  FREE
Nonresident - Firearms hunting                    $91
Nonresident - Fishing                                  $55
Nonresident - 3-day fishing                          $22
Nonresident -  Combo hunting & fishing         $94
Nonresident - Marine fishing                         $15     
Pheasant stamps/tags                                 $28
Migratory bird stamp/permit                          $13
HIP permit                                                  $4
Recording room is open until 4:15 p.m.
Fees for recording:
$53 for first page
$5 for each additional page

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