City Clerk’s Office

The primary mission of the Office of the City Clerk 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.
See the Fee Increase Summary (Effective July 1, 2018).

Land records are recorded from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. weekdays.

An important letter from Mayor Nancy R. Rossi on the Real Estate Conveyance Tax.

General Election Information

Absentee Ballot Applications

The secretary of the state will send out absentee ballot applications to every eligible voter by mid-September. A postage prepaid envelope will be provided. Completed applications must be returned to the Office of the City Clerk, 355 Main St., West Haven, CT 06516.

Starting in early October, the city clerks office will send out absentee ballots. Completed ballots can be inserted into one of West Haven’s two official ballot drop boxes: in front of City Hall, 355 Main St., and at the handicapped-accessible entrance at City Hall’s back door.

September 2021 Primary Legal Notice from the Office of the City Clerk.
September 2021 Primary Form Legal Notice from the Office of the City Clerk.

Dog Licenses
Dog license renewal offered online; penalty accrues after June 30

Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have an up-to-date rabies shot. A copy of a rabies vaccination and the fee — $8 for a neutered male/spayed female and $19 for a non-neutered male/non-spayed female — can be mailed to the city clerk. The dog license is mailed to the individual, saving a trip to City Hall. Licenses can be issued through the mail, if desired. New: Renew a dog license online at Dog License Renewal.


Deadline Reminder

April 1, 2020

The last day for the chairman or the presiding officer and the secretary of caucus or the town committee, as the case may be, to certify to the City Clerk the names and street addresses of party-endorsed candidates for delegates. Certification must also be accompanied by 1) the name and street address of each person selected and 2) the name and number of the political subdivision or district for which each such person is elected. The City Clerk must forthwith publish the notice of certification and ensure that the list of candidates is on file (Connecticut Statutes 9-391 and 9-395).

The political parties have been informed to mail the certificate to both the City Clerk (original form) and the Secretary of the State (copy). A postmarked date of today or earlier shall be deemed as received in compliance with Connecticut Statute 9-391.