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Fircrest Pet License Fees

Currently, the City of Tacoma administers only licenses and animal control for the City of Fircrest.  If you have a complaint about a barking dog inside the City of Fircrest, please call (253) 565-1198.

Fircrest Fee Schedule 


Task Fee
Unaltered Dog $50.00
Unaltered Cat $50.00 
Altered Dog   $14.00  
Altered Cat  $8.00  
Unaltered Dog - Senior (65+) or Disabled Owner $28.00 
Unaltered Cat - Senior (65+) or Disabled Owner
Altered Dog - Senior (65+) or Disabled Owner
Altered Cat - Senior (65+) or Disabled Owner
Late Penalty - per license and 30 days after expiration $10.00 
Late Penalty - per license and 60 days after expiration $20.00 
Replacement Tag $5.00 
Replacement Tag - Senior (65+) or Disabled Owner $2.00


Fees for the redemption of impounded animals are charged by the Humane Society please call the the Humane Society for Tacoma 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. 

Late Penalties - Fircrest Municipal code Title 7.05

No late penalty shall be charged if any of the following apply.
  • The Owner submits proof of purchase or acquisition of the animal within the previous 30 days.
  • The owner has moved into the city within the preceding 30 days.
  • The animal is currently or has been within the preceding 30 days, under the age which requires a license.
  • The owner purchases the license(s) voluntarily, prior to in person or field contact by animal control personnel.
  • The owner submits other proof deemed acceptable in the animal control administrative policy administrative policy. 

License Exemptions - Fircrest Municipal Code Title 7.05.040

Licenses and license tags shall be provided free of charge by the city to service dogs properly trained to assist the handicapped and if any of the following apply.
  • When such dogs are actually used by the handicapped for the purpose of aiding the handicapped in going from place to place.
  • If the dog is currently being trained for the purpose of aiding in a handicapped in a school or program which has been accredited by a professional organization or association, either for profit or not-for-profit.
  • If the pups and young dogs are being raised under the 4-H program knows as Guide Dogs for the Blind or Service Dogs.

Reduced Licensing Fees for Disabled Citizens

Individuals with a permanent disability residing in Fircrest, qualify for the reduced fee specified above, provided that the dogs and cats are not used for a commercial purpose.  To quality for this reduced fee, individuals with a permanent disability must provide proof of permanent disability to the animal control agency in the form of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Identification Card or documentation showing at least 30 percent permanent disability, a Washington Department of Licensing parking placard issued for permanent disability under RCW 46.16.381 as now enacted or hereinafter amended, is hereby adopted by reference as if fully set forth herein, or any other means that the animal control agency deems appropriate proof of permanent disability.