Dog Licenses

The owner of every dog within the incorporated area of the City shall pay annually a license tax as established by resolution of the City Council. Dog licenses may be purchased at the cashiers window in Arcata City Hall during normal business hours.

Annual Fees


  • Unaltered dogs: $50
    • Late fee: $100
  • Spayed or neutered dogs: $15
    • Late fee: $30
  • Spayed or neutered dogs owned by senior citizens 65 years and older: $10
    • Late fee: $20
  • Replacement tags: $5.00
In order to have a license issued every owner must provide proof of current rabies vaccination from their veterinarian.

The above fees do not apply to service animals. If you have a service animal, please contact the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2428 for more information.