Tacoma Pet License Fees

Tacoma Fee Schedule

Unaltered Dog  $55.00

Unaltered Cat

$ 55.00 

Unaltered Dog - for senior and disabled owners

$ 30.00 

Unaltered Cat - for senior and disabled owners

$ 30.00 

Altered Dog 

$ 20.00 

Altered Cat 

$ 12.00 

Altered Dog - for senior and disabled owners

$ 10.00 

Altered Cat - for senior and disabled owners

$ 5.00 

Penalties 

varies

Potentially Dangerous Dog 1st year - RCW 16.08.070 as defined below

$250.00 

Potentially Dangerous Dog Renewal 

$ 50.00 

Replacement Tag
TMC 17.05.040.J states, "One replacement tag per year will be given per animal at no fee, and each additional replacement tag shall be $5." 

$ 5.00 


Fees for the redemption of impounded animals are charged by the Humane Society, please the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County at (253) 383-2733 for more information.

Dangerous and Potentially Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous dogs and related definitions are set forth by the State of Washington and are as follows:

Potentially Dangerous Dog - any dog that, when unprovoked, inflicts bites on a human or a domestic animal either on public or private property or chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, or any dog with a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury, or to cause injury or otherwise to threaten the safety of humans or domestic animals.

Dangerous Dog - any dog that inflicts severe injury on a human being without provocation on a public or private property, kills a domestic animal without provocation while the dog is off the owner's property, or has been previously found to be potentially dangerous because of injury inflicted on a human, the owner having received notice of such and the dog again aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of humans.

Severe Injury -
 any physical injury that results in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations requiring multiple sutures or cosmetic surgery.

Proper Enclosure of a Dangerous Dog
while on the owner's property, a dangerous dog shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure, suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent the animal from escaping.  Such pen or structure shall have secure sides and a secure top, and shall also provide protection from the elements for the dog. 

Animal Control Authority
an entity acting alone or in concert with other local governmental units for enforcement of the animal control laws of the city, county, and state and the shelter and welfare of animals. 

Animal Control Officer
any individual employed, contracted with, or appointed by the animal control authority for the purpose of aiding in the enforcement of this chapter or any other law or ordinance relating to the licensure of animals, control of animals, or seizure and impounding of animals, and includes any state or local law enforcement officer or other employee whose duties in whole or in part include assignments that involve the seizure and impounding of any animal. 
Owner - any person, firm, corporation, organization, or department possessing, harboring, keeping, having an interest in, or having control or custody of an animal. 

Reduced Licensing Fee for Senior and Disabled Citizens

Individuals with a permanent disability residing within the city limits of Tacoma qualify for the reduced fee provided that the dogs and cats are not used for a commercial purpose.  To qualify for this reduced fee, individuals with a permanent disability must provide proof of permanent disability to the animal control agents in the form of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Identification Card, documentation showing at least 30 percent permanent disability, a Washington Department of Licensing parking placard issued for permanent disability under RCW 46.16.381, or any other means that the animal control agency deems appropriate proof of permanent disability.