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Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older must be licensed with the City of Roanoke within 30 days of turning 4 months old, or within 30 days of being acquired or moving into the City.

View the complete Roanoke ordinance

Instructions to License Online

Ready to purchase your license? If you would like to license 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 license will be issued after all required documents are received.

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If you prefer to pay by another method, click here to view your other payment options.

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 dog 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 please retain a copy of your documents for your records.

License Fees

Standard Licensing Fees 1-Year   3-Year
Unaltered Dog $10.00   $25.00
Spayed/Neutered Dog $5.00   $10.00
Service Dog NO FEE
Other Fees  
Replacement Tag $1.00

Kennel licenses and dangerous dog licenses are available only through the City of Roanoke Treasurer. Dangerous dogs are required to have a regular dog license in addition to the dangerous dog license, and the regular license may be purchased by mail or online.

The cost for licensing unaltered dogs 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 January 1st. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license within 30 days of obtaining a dog over the age of 4 months or within 30 days of moving into the City of Roanoke.

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