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Last Updated: 2017-09-21

Pet License and Permit

All cats and dogs living in the City of Richmond are required to be licensed and have a current Rabies vaccination. Your pet’s license is a legally required form of identification and is your best friend’s most valuable asset in getting them home safely. Each year, Richmond Animal Care & Control receives more than 4,400 animals, yet the vast majority of them have no form of identification to assist us in reuniting them with their families. Your pet can’t tell us where they live, so speak for them by purchasing a pet license today.

City of Richmond residents are required to purchase a license for each pet owned. Attach the license tag to your pet’s collar. This simple step ensures that the person who finds your pet wearing its registered license tag, whether a citizen or animal control officer, knows immediately that the animal is lost and belongs to YOU!

Pet licensing can save your pet and help the City prepare for community-wide emergencies such as hurricanes, floods and the threat of terrorism.

At a time when emergency preparedness is top priority in our lives, licensing your pet may result in the safe return of your beloved pet during life threatening emergencies that may affect our entire community. The act of licensing your pet helps community officials know how many pets may need emergency care in the event of a disaster. If your licensed pet goes missing during a community-wide disaster, your pet wearing its license tag will be identified if found by strangers or taken to an animal shelter.

The cost of a pet license is $10 for each cat or dog.

Licenses are renewable annually in January and may be purchased at:

Richmond Animal Care & Control
1600 Chamberlayne Ave.
Richmond VA 23222
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Additional License Locations
City of Richmond
City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Room 102
City of Richmond
Southside Office
4100 Hull Street
City of Richmond
East End Office
701 N. 25th Street
Boulevard Animal Hospital
1 East Belt Blvd

Cary Street Vet Hospital
3210 W. Cary Street

Broad Street Vet Hospital
3320 W. Broad Street

Dogma Grooming
3501 W. Cary Street

Church Hill Animal Hospital
322 N. 25th Street

Prevent A Litter Vet. Hospital
3421 W. Cary Street

Richmond S.P.C.A.
2519 Hermitage Road

Stratford Hills Veterinary Center
6927 Forest Hill Ave.

You may also purchase your license through the mail by clicking here to download the pet license form.

Breeding Permit:

All cats and dogs over the age of four months and living in the City of Richmond are required by law to be spayed or neutered unless the owner has obtained a breeder’s permit from the Division of Animal Care & Control. To be eligible for the breeder’s permit, the pet must have a current Rabies vaccination and city license. The fee for a breeder’s permit is $100 per animal. The permit application is subject to review and approval by and Animal Control Officer and is required to be renewed annually before its expiration date.

Permit Applications are available at:
Richmond Animal Care & Control
1600 Chamberlayne Ave.
Richmond VA 23222
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You may also purchase your permit through the mail by clicking here to download the application.

Chicken Permit:

The City of Richmond now allows the keeping of up to four (4) hens in all residential areas of the city for residents with the proper permit as issued by the Division of Animal Care & Control.

Owners shall provide a suitable coop as well as a fenced pen which must be in the rear of the property and meet all Zoning Division requirements. Chickens must be kept in the pen enclosure at all times and are not allowed to free-range. Chicken owners must either own their property or obtain the written approval of the property owner. Roosters or English Gamecocks are prohibited. For more details click here for an informational brochure.

You may also purchase your permit through the mail by clicking here to download the application.

Permit Application Details:

  • Residents are advised to contact the Zoning Division at or by calling (804) 646-6701 to obtain required yard (setback) information prior to applying for the permit.
  • The non-refundable application fee is $60.00 and must be renewed annually.
  • Submission of a site-plan is required with the permit.
  • A background investigation for prior cruelty or neglect violations will be conducted.
  • Applicants are subject to on-site inspection of the Chicken area and coop(s) by an Animal Control Officer prior to issuance of the permit.

Permit Applications are available at:

Richmond Animal Care & Control
1600 Chamberlayne Ave.
Richmond VA 23222
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Contact Information:

Animal Care & Control
City of Richmond
1600 Chamberlayne Ave.
Richmond, VA 23222 USA
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Phone: (804)646-5573
Fax:      (804)646-5586

    Monday - Friday
      (804) 646-5573
    After Hours & Weekends

    CLOSED:   Mon. & Tue.
    Adoptions: (804)646-5575
        Wed.-Fri. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
        Sat.           Noon to 5 p.m.
        Sun.          Noon to 4 p.m.

    Animal Control Officer

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