In an abundance of caution due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, Animal Control is closed to in-person services.
The closure decision was made in consideration of the health of customers, employees and the community.
We encourage our customers to use online services for permitting, animal licensing and concerns, and code enforcement concerns. Customers may also make appointments with staff.
Dogs and cats residing in unincorporated Clark County, Vancouver or the Town of Yacolt require a Clark County pet license. Residents of other cities should contact their local government for licensing requirements.
Please make sure that you are in our service area. We are unable to refund license payments.
To find your service area, visit gis.clark.wa.gov/gishome/property. Enter your address and click Search. In the left-hand column of the main page your local jurisdiction is listed.
Licensed pets have benefits
- They are more likely to quickly be reunited with their owners
- They receive longer care periods at shelters
- They are transferred to an emergency medical care facility if found with an injury
Licensing fees support:
- Spay/neuter programs
- Officer response to neighborhood complaints
- Animal cruelty investigation and prosecution
- Public education programs
Pet tags are considered permanent. If your tag has become lost or unreadable, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a replacement tag. You must include the registered owner’s name, address, phone number, pet’s name, and license number or PLI number. Your account must be current to receive a replacement tag.
Applications and forms
- Pay for pet licenses online - for new licenses and license renewal
- Pet license application
- Pot-bellied pig license application
- Service dog affidavit
- Wild animal license application
Puppy and kitten licenses are free and are valid for 6 months.
Adult pet licenses are valid for 12 months and must be renewed annually. The following fees are required for pets older than 6 months.
Fertile - $40
Altered - $20
Fertile - $50
Altered - $25
- Wild animal - $100
Need assistance with your online account? Email email@example.com for help during regular business hours. You must include the registered owner’s name, address, phone number, pet’s name, and license number or PLI number.
Low-income assistance - Pet license fee assistance is available for households that have limited incomes and are located in unincorporated Clark County or the city of Vancouver. Only one dog and one cat per household may qualify. Pets must be spayed or neutered.
Senior discount - Individuals older than 65 receive 50 percent off license fees for one spayed or neutered dog and cat per household.
Fines - The fine for having an unlicensed dog or cat in unincorporated Clark County and the cities of Vancouver and Yacolt is $100 per animal. A second fine will cost $200 and a third will cost $400. Failure to pay a fine could create a lien against the owner’s property.
Where to purchase a license
Licensing agents may charge a fee of up to $5 per license.
- Eastside Auto License, 1825 SE 164th Ave, Ste 119, Vancouver, 360.833.1717
- Humane Society for SW Washington, 1100 NE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, 360.693.4746
- Orchards Veterinary Clinic, 6307 NE 117th Ave Ste. F, Vancouver, 360.256.3878
- St. Francis Emergency Veterinary Clinic, 12010 NE 65th St, Vancouver, 360.253.5446
- Yacolt Town Hall, 202 W. Cushman St., Yacolt, 360.686.3922