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Pet Licensing
ONLINE LICENSING Get a license online
APPLICATION Pet License Application Acrobat icon Pet License Application Word Icon
REQUIREMENTS Rabies Vaccination Certificate and Spay/Neuter Certificate (if applicable)
MAIL City of Sacramento Animal Care Services
2127 Front Street
Sacramento CA 95818
IN-PERSON Main Office: Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm & Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Reception Center: Wednesday - Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
PAYMENT In-Person: Cash, Check, Money Order, Visa, & Mastercard
By Mail: Check or Money Order. Do NOT send cash.
Checks and money orders made payable to: City of Sacramento
Dog License & Cat License Fees
Dog License Fees Cat License Fees
1-Year License (Spayed or Neutered) $20 1-Year License (Spayed or Neutered) $10
3-Year License (Spayed or Neutered) $50 3-Year License (Spayed or Neutered) $25
1-Year License (NOT Spayed or Neutered) $75 1-Year License (NOT Spayed or Neutered) $75
3-Year License (NOT Spayed or Neutered) $200 3-Year License (NOT Spayed or Neutered) $200
1-Year License w/ Senior Citizen Discount* $8 1-Year License w/ Senior Citizen Discount* $8
3-Year License w/ Senior Citizen Discount* $23 3-Year License w/ Senior Citizen Discount* $23
*Owner must be at least 62 years old AND the dog or cat must be spayed or neutered
1-Year "Show Dog" License $36 1-Year "Show Cat" License $36
License Tag Replacement* $5 License Tag Replacement* $5
*New tags are NOT issued after each renewal. The original tag is re-used after each renewal.
Monthly Vaccination Clinics

The shelter offers a vaccination clinic on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. The clinic is operated by VIP Petcare Services. For this clinic only, the rabies vaccination will be offered at a special price of $6. Also, the shelter will be open from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm for those who wish to license their pet or renew their pet's license.

The shelter offers a FREE vaccination clinic for low-income residents within the city limits of Sacramento (proof of residency and proof of low-income status or public welfare assistance) on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Also, microchips are provided at a reduced cost of $10 (cash only) per animal. The program is coordinated by shelter volunteers and is operated from a mobile surgery trailer parked along Front Street in front of the shelter. The clinic closes at 1:00pm, and there is often a line. To ensure service, please arrive by 12:00 pm.


Microchipping is available for a one-time fee of $5 and is offered Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No appointment necessary. For more information, check out our "Microchip Information" page.

Rabies Vaccination

The rabies vaccination is mandatory before the issuance of a new license. All new and renewal license applications require a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate issued by a veterinarian. The license is only valid during the period that the rabies vaccination is effective, so please check and make sure that the rabies vaccination has not expired.

Proof of Spay or Neuter

If your pet is spayed or neutered, please submit a copy of the spay/neuter certificate from your veterinarian. We will also accept proof such as a veterinary bill detailing the spay or neuter surgery or a rabies vaccination certificate that indicates that an animal is spayed or neutered.

Length of License

Licenses may be purchased for 1 year or 3 years. If you would like a 3-year license, then the rabies vaccination must be valid during the 3-year period of the license. For example, if you wish to purchase a 3-year license this year in 2017, then the rabies vaccination must also be valid for three years until 2020. A license cannot expire AFTER the rabies vaccination.

Replacement Tag

The license tag is a permanent tag and shall be attached to the animal's collar and/or harness and be worn at all times. A new tag will NOT be issued during the renewal of a license UNLESS your license tag is lost or the writing becomes illegible. If you need to replace your tag, you may request it at a replacement cost of $5.

Senior Citizen Discount

We offer a senior citizen discount for those 62 years of age or older. We do require proof of age, such as a copy of a driver's license or any official document stating your identity and your age. A 1-year altered license is $8.00 and a 3-year altered license is $23.00. Please note that this discount applies ONLY to altered animals.

Show Dog & Show Cat Qualifications
  • Registration with a national animal registry
  • Participation in sanctioned show within last 12 months
  • Dog or cat cannot be bred during period of the license
Chicken License & Coop Permit


  • A maximum of three (3) chickens per residential parcel
  • Roosters are prohibited
  • Slaughtering are prohibited
  • Coop may not be closer than 20 feet to the nearest neighboring dwelling
  • Chickens must be confined and properly caged in a coop at all times
  • Chickens are prohibited from being a noise disturbance
  • Coop must be well-maintained and clean and be a minimum of 15 square feet and a maximum of 42 square feet
  • Coop must have four walls and a roof and be constructed of suitable material
  • Coop may only be kept in the rear yard
  • Nesting boxes in the coop are required
  • Chickens must be provided with adequate food, water, and ventilation
  • Feed must be stored properly to prevent spoilage and to prevent access to other animals and rodents
  • Feces and feathers must be removed every 24 hours and shall be stored in an air tight container prior to disposal. Use of city issued garbage containers is acceptable.
Chicken License Fee & Coop Permit Fee
  • $10 annual licensing fee per chicken. A band will be issued for each bird.
  • $15 annual coop permit fee
  • Animal Control Officers will respond to perform inspections only if a complaint is filed
  • Administrative citations will be issued for a violation of the ordinance. Criminal citations may be issued for possession of fighting roosters or for any animal cruelty, abuse, or neglect situation.


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