The City of Asheville’s Animal Ordinance requires that dogs must be licensed every year on January 1.

The fee is $10.00 and all dogs must have a city license by the age of six months. The city license tag, and a current rabies tag, must be displayed on the dog at all times.

Cats are not required to have a city license or to wear tags; however cat owners should be prepared to provide proof of current rabies vaccination.

In an effort to increase efficiency in the licensing and re-licensing of dogs that live within the city limits, the City of Asheville has partnered with animal license registration provider, PetData Inc. All pet licensing and re-licensing may be handled online at or by US Mail.

The City of Asheville’s tethering regulations: Ordinance 3795 – Unattended tethering of dogs prohibited.

Notice: Dog license tags will no longer be available for sale at City Hall.





Contact Information

City of Asheville’s Animal Services Division
On-call for emergencies 24/7

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.