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License Requirements

Licensing Ordinance

All dogs age 6 months of age or older (or with a set of permanent canine teeth) in the City for more than 30 days in a 12-month period are required to be licensed annually. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required for all dogs 4 months of age or older.

Owners of puppies too young to require a license by law may check with their local veterinarian about obtaining a free dog license under the Asheville Puppy License Program.

Violations of the Animal Services Ordinance, including failure to license, result in Penalties starting at $50.00.

Other permits may also be required. For more information, please click here.

View the complete City of Asheville ordinance

Due Date

You must purchase a license within 30 days of obtaining a dog 6 months of age or older (or with a set of permanent canine teeth) or within 30 days of moving into the City of Asheville. Any dog kept in Asheville for 30 days or more in any 12 month period must also be licensed.

License Term

Licenses are valid for the entire calendar year in which they were purchased and must be renewed by January 1st of each year. Licenses expire on December 31st of each year and are considered invalid upon failure to provide proof of current rabies vaccination.

Other Required Permits

In addition to licensing, permits are required for anyone keeping a fertile or unaltered dog or cat 6 months of age or older, and for keeping 7 or more pets in one household. Permits may be purchased on the main floor of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, Asheville. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. For questions about Animal Permits, call (828) 259-5872.

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