Chapter 9.04
DOG AND CAT LICENSES

Sections:

9.04.010    Dog and Cat licenses required.

9.04.020    Exemptions.

9.04.030    Repealed.

9.04.040    License fee and term.

9.04.050    Issuance of license tags.

9.04.055    Contractual authority.

9.04.060    Late penalties.

9.04.070    License tags to be affixed.

9.04.010 Dog and Cat licenses required.

Owners of all adult dogs and cats residing in unincorporated areas of the county shall license their dogs and cats with the licensing authority unless specifically exempted under SCC 9.04.020.

(Added Ord. 86-099, § 64, November 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 96-052 § 1, July 10, 1996, Eff date July 25, 1996; Amended Ord. 02-082, December 4, 2002, Eff date December 20, 2002; Ord. 03-041, May 14, 2003; Eff date May 25, 2003; Amended by Ord. 16-111, Nov. 14, 2016, Eff date Dec. 8, 2016).

9.04.020 Exemptions.

(1) The provisions of this chapter do not apply to:

(a) Dogs and cats kept in duly licensed commercial kennels, boarding facilities, pet shops and animal shelters or in the custody of a veterinarian;

(b) Dogs and cats brought into unincorporated areas of the county for a period not to exceed 30 days for the sole purpose of competing in a show or competition or for breeding purposes;

(c) Dogs and cats whose owners are nonresidents temporarily visiting within the county for a period not to exceed 30 days;

(d) Dogs and cats duly licensed by a municipality located within the county not contracting with the county for licensing services;

(e) Dogs and cats held in foster care as pursuant to SCC 6.06.050.

(f) Cats maintained and/or owned in connection with agricultural pursuits as defined in SCC 6.06.005.

(2) In this section, "commercial kennel", "boarding facility", "pet shop" and "animal shelter" have the meaning given in Title 6 SCC.

(Added Ord. 86-099, § 64, November 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 91-154, Nov. 6, 1991; Amended Ord. 97-020, § 20, May 7, 1997, Eff date July 1, 1997; Amended Ord. 02-082, December 4, 2002, Eff date December 20, 2002; Amended by Ord. 16-111, Nov. 14, 2016, Eff date Dec. 8, 2016).

9.04.030 Cats to be licensed on a voluntary basis.

(Added Ord. 86-099, § 64, November 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 87-038, § 62, June 3, 1987; REPEALED: Ord. 03-041, May 14, 2003; Eff date May 25, 2003).

9.04.040 License fee and term.

(1) The fee for licensing an animal under this chapter is due and payable in full upon submitting an application. The term of a license is one year from the date of issuance. Dogs within a private kennel as defined in chapter 6.06 SCC are also subject to these fees.

(2) The annual fees for dog and cat licenses are established as follows:

(a) Altered dog or cat - $25.00;

(b) Unaltered dog or cat - $50.00;

(c) Altered and microchipped dog or cat - $15.00;

(d) Senior citizen (62 or older) owned altered dog or cat - $20.00;

(e) Senior citizen (62 or older) owned altered and microchipped dog or cat - $10.00;

(f) Service Dogs $15.00;

(g) Law enforcement agency dog license - No charge;

(h) Replacement of license tag - $15.00.

Owner shall provide proof that animal is altered and/or microchipped at time of licensing.

(Added Ord. 86-099, § 64, November 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 91-154, Nov. 6, 1991; Amended Ord. 96-052, § 2, July 10, 1996, Eff date July 25, 1996; Amended Ord. 01-049, July 25, 2001, Eff date August 9, 2001; Amended Ord. 02-082, December 4, 2002, Eff date December 20, 2002; Ord. 03-041, May 14, 2003, Eff date May 25, 2003; Ord. 04-022, Mar. 24, 2004; Eff date April 18, 2004; Amended by Ord. 08-150, Nov. 24, 2008, Eff date Jan. 1, 2009; Amended by Ord. 16-111, Nov. 14, 2016, Eff date Dec. 8, 2016).

9.04.050 Issuance of license tags.

Upon receipt of a completed application form and all required fees and late penalty charges, if any, the licensing authority shall issue the appropriate license tag to the applicant. If a license tag is lost or unreadable, the owners shall obtain a new license tag from the licensing authority by written reapplication and payment of the applicable fee set out in SCC 9.04.040.

(Added Ord. 86-099, § 64, November 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 87-038, § 63, June 3, 1987; Amended Ord. 91-154, Nov. 6, 1991).

9.04.055 Contractual authority.

The licensing authority, with approval by the county executive, may enter into a contractual agreement with other government agencies, businesses or individuals to provide pet licensing services.

(Added Ord. 95-077, § 3, September 20, 1995, Eff date October 1, 1995).

9.04.060 Late penalties.

A late penalty fee of $10.00 shall be assessed on all expired licenses.

(Added Ord. 86-099, § 64, November 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 89-171, § 1, December 13, 1989; Amended Ord. 91-154, Nov. 6, 1991; Amended by Ord. 16-111, Nov. 14, 2016, Eff date Dec. 8, 2016).

9.04.070 License tags to be affixed.

All license tags issued by the licensing authority under this chapter shall be affixed or secured at all times to the specific animal for which the license tag is issued.

(Added Ord. 86-099, § 64, November 12, 1986; Amended Ord. 87-038, § 64, June 3, 1987; Amended Ord. 91-154, Nov. 6, 1991).