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] (PDF).

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 (PDF).

Special Election Warning

December 14, 2021, State Election

The electors of the City of West Haven are hereby warned to meet at their respective polling places in said city on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, for the following purposes: to cast their votes for state representative of the 116th Assembly District to fill a vacancy, as appears by Section 9-215 of the Connecticut General Statutes. District 4, District 5, District 6 and District 7.

Notice is hereby given that the polling place locations are as follows:
  • 4th District: St. Paul Church 898 First Ave.
  • 5th District: Simchat Yisrael 870 First Ave.
  • 6th District: Forest School 95 Burwell Road
  • 7th District: Molloy School 225 Meloy Road
Absentee ballots will be counted at the following central location:
  • City Hall, 355 Main St.
Voting machines will be used. The polls will open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m.

Dated at West Haven, Connecticut, this 29th day of October 2021.

— Patricia C. Horvath, Town/City Clerk of West Haven, Connecticut

General Election Information

Absentee Ballot Applications

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: The municipal general election is Nov. 2, 2021. Anyone who is unable to make it to the polls Nov. 2 can call the city clerk’s office at 203-937-3535 to request an absentee ballot application. Residents can also vote at City Hall, 355 Main St. 
Secure election drop boxes are conveniently located at:
  • City Hall, 355 Main St., handicapped entrance on side of building. 
  • Surfside Senior Center, 200 Oak St.
  • John Prete Senior Housing, 1187 Campbell Ave.
 Here are the legal reasons to take out an application:
  • COVID-19.
  • Your active service in the U.S. armed forces.
  • Your absence from the city during all the hours of voting.
  • Your illness.
  • Your physical disability.
  • Your religion forbids secular (nonreligious) activity on that day.
  • Your required performance of duties as a primary, a referendum or an election official at a polling place other than your own during all the hours on that day.
 Register or look up your voting place at Voter Registration Lookup.

City of West Haven Polling Places (PDF)

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.