Animal Licenses/Tags

All dogs and cats must be licensed by the time they reach six months old, or within 30 days of being brought into the city whether or not they go outside. Licensing requirements are set by city ordinance. This requirement protects the public by ensuring all dogs and cats are vaccinated for rabies, a requirement for licenses/tags. The license tag assists the city's Animal Control operation when returning stray animals to their owners.

The license year is Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

To get a license, animals must have an unexpired rabies vaccination. Submitted rabies certificates are returned to the resident with the tag.

Renewal:  Renewal statements are mailed Jan. 1. Residents have until June 30 to license each pet without incurring a penalty; for each pet licensed on or after July 1, residents will be charged a $20 penalty per animal in addition to the license fee and cannot be waived (OPMC 6.04). Residents are responsible for ensuring that vaccinations do not expire during the license year.


  • $10 for spayed/neutered pets
  • $20 for non-spayed/non-neutered pets
    • $20 penalty fee if not renewed by June 30

Deceased Pet or Other: If your pet is deceased or you are no longer caring for the pet, send an email to with your name and your pet's name so our records can be updated accordingly. 

ePlace is the New Online Pet Registration and Renewal WebsiteePlace link

Use the new ePlace website for all new pet registrations and renewals. This website is a one-stop shop where you can license your pets as well as apply for permits all from the same website.

New Pet

Website: Register New Pet

  • (An online account is required)
  • Multiple Pets:  Each pet must have it's own license, but you may combine licenses for one payment.
  • Instructions:  New Pet Registration

Pet Renewal

Website: Renew Pet License

  • An ePlace account is required. If you registered on Pets & More site, you will need to register your email address and create a strong password with ePlace to find your records.
  • Multiple Pets: Each pet license must be renewed separately. You may combine fees into one payment.
  • Instructions:  Pet Renewal on ePlace


  1. If you DID have an online account in the Pets & More site, you will need to register your email and create a strong password on the ePlace website. 
  2. If you did not have a 2017 license, you will need to create an online ePlace account. Please use proper capitalization on name and street address when creating your account.
  3. Ensure you have your proof of rabies vaccination document available in a digital format (pdf, doc, image, etc.) because you will upload this document prior to the payment page. (A picture of the rabies tag will not be accepted as proof.)
  4. Payment is required at time of registration. (You may pay for multiple pets during your renewal.)
  5. Use the instructions below to renew your pet license. 

2018 Renewal Processing Time:  Due to the large volume of pet renewals, pet tags will be mailed within 6-8 weeks of your application.

Online Instruction Guides

  • Create an online ePLACE Account
    • If you did NOT have a 2017 license, you will need to create an online account on ePlace.
    • If you DID have an online account in Pets & More site, you will need to register your email and create a strong password on the ePlace website.
      • Passwords must be a minimum of eight (8) characters, one upper and one lower letter, and one number [example:  MyPassword9]).
  • New Pet Registration
  • Pet Renewal on ePlace

In Person - Registration

Print and fill out a license form.

Return the form between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to:

City Hall
City Clerk's Office
8500 Santa Fe Drive

An after hours drop off box is located next to the front doors at City Hall.

Pets in poor health

If your pet is in poor health and cannot receive a rabies vaccination, a letter from your veterinarian explaining it is required before a tag may be issued.