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Licensing Ordinance

All dogs and cats over the age of 6 months must be licensed between January 1 and March 31 each year, or within 30 days of the date that the pet is acquired or brought into the City.

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Instructions to License Online

Ready to purchase your license? Don't forget to add on the Dog Park Pass option when you checkout! Remember - dog park passes cannot be purchased online after a pet’s license has been purchased. Dog park passes may be added to a license at a later date, but payment must be made by check.

If you are not a resident of the City of Ankeny, you may purchase the non-resident dog park pass online. Please proceed through the process and upload your rabies certificate. On the license selection screen you will be given the option for a non-resident dog park pass.

If you would like to pay online, a convenience fee of $2.00 will apply for each transaction. Any required documents, such as your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate, may be scanned and uploaded or submitted later by fax, mail or email. The tag will be issued after all required documents are received.

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Required Paperwork

  1. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required for both the pet license and the Dog Park pass if the rabies vaccination on file has expired. Please check your certificate for correct address and pet information.
  2. A signed Dog Park Liability Release is required if purchasing a Dog Park pass.

Your paperwork will not be returned to you, so please retain a copy of your documents for your records.

License Fees

Annual License Fees  
Unaltered Pet $25.00
Spayed/Neutered Pet $15.00
Other Fees  
Dog Park Pass (Resident of Ankeny) $25.00
Dog Park Pass (Non-Resident of Ankeny) $35.00
Late Fee After March 31st (waived for 2020 tag year) $10.00
Replacement Tag $5.00

The cost for licensing unaltered or fertile pets is higher than for licensing spayed or neutered pets in order to promote sterilization and to reduce pet overpopulation.

Due Date

Payment for your license is due by March 31. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license within 30 days of acquiring a pet over the age of 6 months or within 30 days of moving into the City of Ankeny.

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