Dog Licensing

Tulare County Animal Services provides dog licensing services for all of the unincorporated areas of Tulare County.  We cover all areas outside of the incorporated cities.  If you live within the city limits, please call your city’s local dog licensing department.

Click here to download a dog license application.

Why should I license my dog?

If your dog gets lost, a valid license will identify the dog and his/her owner.  This way we can reunite lost pets with their owners.  Having your dog licensed also shows that your dog has a current rabies vaccination.

Pursuant to Part 4, Chapter 7, Article 3, Section 3010 (Animal Laws)

Every dog meeting the minimum age requirements to receive a rabies vaccination shall be subject to a dog license fee, due and payable by its Owner or Custodian within thirty (30) calendar days of the acquisition of the dog, or entry into the County.  Thereafter, such license fee shall become due and payable on the date of expiration on any license previously issued to the owner or custodian for the dog. The amount of such fee shall be established in accordance with Section 4.07.1300 of this chapter. No license shall be issued without evidence of a valid rabies vaccination.

Annual Dog License Fees  New Fees effective 7/1/18
Altered Dog (1 Year)   $ 8.00
Altered Dog (2 Year) $14.00
Altered Dog (3 Year) $20.00
Unaltered Dog (1 Year) $45.00
Unaltered Dog (2 Year)  $70.00
Unaltered Dog (3 Year) $95.00
Replacement tag $ 2.00
Penalty (Late) Fee $10.00








A license fee shall become delinquent thirty (30) calendar days after it becomes due and payable, and upon delinquency, an additional delinquent fee, as established by the Board, shall be added to the regular fee. An unpaid delinquent fee shall be added to the succeeding year's license fee.  The late penalty is $10.00.

Pursuant to Part 4, Chapter 7, Article 4, Section 4000 (Animal Laws)

No person shall operate a Commercial, Non-commercial, or Rescue Kennel without first obtaining a permit in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter and paying such fees as established by Animal Services. These permits shall expire June 30 of every calendar year. 

All Kennels must also operate in accordance with applicable zoning laws and may require a special use permit from Tulare County’s Resource Management Agency.  Any Kennel not operating within the proper zone and/or with a special use permit will be subject to the penalties of Code Enforcement.  All Kennel applicants shall also include a letter of compliance issued by the appropriate local building and planning official indicating conformity with the provisions of zoning and building ordinances of the County.

Any Commercial Kennel engaging in the breeding of Animals shall be required to obtain and maintain a Breeding Permit from Animal Services.

You may license up to four dogs individually.  Kennel permits cover addresses that have five or more dogs.  All kennel premises are inspected annually by an Animal Control Officer and are also reviewed by the Tulare County Resource Management Agency.  A special use permit may be required from the Tulare County Resource Management Agency depending on the zoning of your property.

Kennel Permit Fees  New Fees effective 7/1/18
Commercial Kennel Permit $150.00
Non-Commercial Kennel Permit (5-10 altered dogs) $50.00
Non-Commercial Kennel Permit $100.00
Rescue 501c3 Kennel Permit $50.00
Penalty (Late) Fee $10.00
Kennel Re-Inspection Fee $55.00
Breeder Permit Fee $50.00







*Permit may be dependent on Special Use Restrictions

Download the Kennel Application for 2018-19

Download the Breeder Permit Application for 2018-19

Licensing can be done

At the Shelter:
Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (excluding holidays)

By Mail:
Tulare County Animal Services, 14131 Avenue 256, Visalia CA  93292

Tulare County Animal Services
Animal Control and Licensing

14131 Avenue 256
Visalia, CA  93292
(559) 636-4055
(559) 713-3716 – Fax