LICENSE YOUR PET SO EASY A DOG COULD DO IT LICENSE YOUR PET PET LICENSING GUIDE Online Vist Us By Mail Visit a subagent WHY SHOULD I LICENSE MY PET? • It’s the law! Failure to obtain a pet license will result in an infraction and fine. • License sales help fund the cost of shelter and medical care for lost pets, as well as the cost for animal control services. • If your pet is lost, a license lets the finder know that it is a cherished member of your family, not a stray. DO I NEED A LICENSE FOR AN INDOOR PET? Yes! Indoor dogs and cats are still required to wear a license. Accidents happen, and a valid license is your pet’s free ride home. The first time your pet is picked up by our Animal Control Officers, we’ll bring it home rather than take it to a shelter. Pierce County Auditor’s Office Animal Licensing 2401 South 35th Street, Room 200 Tacoma WA 98409 www.piercecountywa.org/pets 253-798-7445 Pierce County Animal Licensing 253-798-7445 LICENSE YOUR PET ONLINE Pay online with your debit or credit card www.piercecountywa.org/pets BY MAIL Pierce County Auditor 2401 South 35th Street, Room 200, Tacoma WA 98409 Applications may be downloaded from www.piercecountywa.org/pets or call (253) 798-7445 to have it mailed to you IN PERSON Visit our office at 2401 South 35th Street, Room 200, Tacoma OR Visit one of our convenient subagent locations. Find a complete list at www.piercecountywa.org/pets HOW MUCH DOES A PET LICENSE COST? PET BUSINESSES Adult dogs/cats (not spayed/neutered) $55 year Adult dog (spayed/neutered) $20 year Adult cat(spayed/neutered) $12 year Juvenile tag (puppies up to 6 months) $10 Juvenile tag (kittens up to 6 months) $6 Qualifying service animals No Charge Pet businesses require a license in unincorporated Pierce County. If you own, maintain or operate a commercial, hobby, foster, or private kennel or cattery, or own six or more dogs and/or cats, you must obtain a business license from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office. Disable individuals and senior owners age 62 and older are eligible for reduced license rates: Adult dogs/cats (not spayed/neutered) Adult dog (spayed/neutered) Adult cat(spayed/neutered) $30 year $10 year $5 year HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO RENEW? Licenses are valid for one year. When you license your pet you are given a “permanent” tag, but an annual renewal is required. A renewal notice will be sent to you. MY PET’S TAG IS LOST Replacement tags are available for $5 each. BUSINESS LICENSE FEES • Commercial Kennel/Cattery $250 • Boarding Kennel/Cattery $200 • Private Kennel/Cattery $150 • Foster Shelter • If animals are spayed/neutered $75 • If not spayed/neutered $150 • Hobby Kennel (6-20 dogs/cats) $150 • Grooming Parlor$100 • Pet Shop$200 Pierce County officials must be allowed to inspect all animals and locations at reasonable intervals. An owner’s permit or license may be revoked if an inspection is not permitted. Additional information is available in Pierce County Code Chapter 5.24.
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