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Late fees are waived on all licenses until further notice.

License in Person

Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older in unincorporated Nevada County must be licensed with Nevada County within 30 days of being in the county.

View the complete Nevada County ordinance.

Licensing Locations

You may license your pet in person at 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City, CA 95959. The Animal Control Office is located upstairs in the Eric Rood Administrative Center with the Nevada County Sheriff's Office. The office is open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. Please bring your pet's rabies vaccination certificate and spay/neuter certificate (if applicable) with you.

Required Paperwork

  1. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required if the rabies vaccination on file has expired. Please check your certificate for correct address and pet information.
  2. Proof of spay/neuter, such as a signed statement from a veterinarian or an invoice for services is required if the pet has been altered since the last licensing period and you are applying for the lower spayed/neutered license fee.

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

License Fees

Licensing Fees

1 Year

2 Years

3 Years

Unaltered Dog




Spayed/Neutered Dog




Special Fees (available in person only)


Service Dog


Police Dog


Nevada County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Dog


Other Fees


Late Fee


Tag Fee for all New or Replacement Tags


Licenses cannot be valid longer than the expiration of your pet's rabies vaccination, so please verify that you have at least two or three years remaining on your pet's rabies certificate before applying for a two or three-year license.

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 within 30 days of the expiration of your current license. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license within 30 days of obtaining a pet over the age of 4 months or within 30 days of moving into Nevada County.

A late fee of $12 is added to the license fee if your license is not purchased by the due date.

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