Dog & Cat Licenses

Licensing Your Pet

State and municipal law dictates that all dogs and cats 5 months and older be licensed with the city by March 31 of each year. If you are licensing your pet for the first time or you have recently vaccinated your pet, a rabies certificate must be presented at the time of licensing. The city is proud to offer low cost fees for licensing as listed below. Not only is licensing your pet a requirement of the city, the tag numbers are listed with the Burlington Police Department. If your pet were to stray, the tag is a valuable resource to bring them back home quickly.


Both dog and cat licenses are $10 each for altered (fixed) pets and $15 each for unaltered pets. After March 31 a $5 late fee is added to the cost of the tag. Residents that move to the city or have a pet that reaches 5 months of age after the deadline date will not be charged the late fee. A move within the city does not qualify for this exception.