Public Works

Dog Licensing


Effective 1/14/2022, the City Hall 4th Floor Public Works Counter, primarily serving Parking Services and Pet License customers, will be closed through the end of January 2022 due to COVID-19. Services are still available online and phone support is available at 951-826-5620.

California state law requires all dogs over 4 months old to be licensed and vaccinated for rabies. The City of Riverside also requires that both dogs and cats be spayed or neutered, and have microchips in case they are lost. Vaccinations must remain current in order for owners to obtain required annual pet licenses. Please ensure you have all of the required documentation in when you purchase a dog license.

Purchase a Dog License

    In Person:
    Bring your documents with you when you visit:

    Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter
    6851 Van Buren Blvd.
    Riverside, CA 92509.

    Be prepared to upload your documents when you CLICK HERE to pay online.

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License Fees

Licenses may be purchased at:
License Fees: 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year
Unaltered Dog* $100 $175 $250
Spayed/Neutered Dog ** $16 $25 $35
Senior (60+) *** $10 $15 $20
Potentially Dangerous/Vicious Dogs $125 -- --
Late Fee: $25
Replacement Tag: $6
* If not indicated on the rabies certificate, please provide proof of microchip.
** If not indicated on the rabies certificate, please provide proof of spay/neuter in addition to the microchip.
*** To receive the reduced senior rate, proof of age, such as copy of a driver’s license, is required. The dog must be spayed/neutered. Please provide proof of spay/neuter in addition to the rabies certificate and proof of microchip (if not indicated on the rabies certificate).

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License Citations

Want to know how you can avoid paying the fines on your dog license citation? Simply correct the violations within 30 calendar days from when the citation was issued and you'll only pay a late fee and processing fee. This could save you several hundred dollars! Citations can be corrected at the following location:

Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter
6851 Van Buren Blvd
Riverside, CA 92509

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About Dog Licensing

Obtaining a dog license is good for you and your dog!

A dog license can help your dog get back home if it is lost. A current license tag tells animal control officers that a dog has a human companion whose contact information should be on file and rapidly accessible. Dogs with current license tags that are impounded at the city/county shelter are held for ten days, five days more than for unlicensed dogs, this allows the shelter to get in contact with you.

A current dog license indicates that a dog has been properly microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a serious public health issue and licensing helps the city monitor compliance with rabies vaccination laws.

Revenue from dog licensing pays for emergency medical care of animals hit by cars, investigation of animal abuse and cruelty and the rabies control program.

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Kennel/Cattery Permits

The City of Riverside Public Works Department accepts applications for Residential Kennels and Catteries at our City Hall location. Kennel/Cattery Permits are required when ten (10) or more cats, or five (5) or more dogs are kept at a residential property. For more information, please call the City of Riverside Call Center at 311, or (951) 826-5311.

The City is a payment center only and does not have access to Riverside County Department of Animal Services records. Please ensure you have all of the required documentation when you apply for a permit at City Hall.

  • Application for Residential Kennel/Cattery Permit

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