Animal Licenses

South Bend Animal Care and Control Licensing

By licensing your pet with South Bend, you are supporting your local animal welfare agency and the thousands of lives we impact every year. Thank you!

Follow this link to access a printable brochure and pet license application: Pet License Application

Effective August 1, 2014

There are new benefits for responsible pet owners when licensing your pet with the City.

View the Responsible Animal And Pet Ownership Care And Control Regulations*

Who’s required to license their pets?

  • “Any person owning, keeping, harboring, or having custody of any dog or cat over the age of six (6) months must obtain a pet license.”
  • Senior citizens over the age of 62 must register their pets, however, the fee will be waived.
  • Some service animals may be exempt from fees with appropriate documentation.

Pet Licensing Requirements and Fees

If your animals are up to date on vaccinations and are currently altered, you qualify for the enhanced licensing model.


  • Rabies Vaccination required per Indiana State Code: “...all dogs, cats and ferrets three (3) months of age and older must be vaccinated against rabies.”

To explore pet licensing fees, please click the correct response

Are ALL of your pets (cats and/or dogs) spayed or neutered?

      YES! All of my pets are spayed or neutered.

Because your pets are spayed or neutered, you are eligible for South Bend's enhanced pet licensing program.
Residential Altered Enhanced License Fees
Number of Altered Pets License Fee  
$15 Annually  
2 - 4
$25 Annually  
5 - 8
$50 Annually  
9 - 12
$100 Annually  
  • All cats and dogs over six (6) months of age in South Bend must be licensed.
  • New residential license is to be issued for a term of one (1) year, commencing with the date of issuance.
  • If you add to your four-legged family at any point, that animal must be added to your license. If it bumps you up to the next fee bracket, you will be asked to pay the difference.
  • Pet Licensing is no longer “Breed Specific.” Pit Bulls are no longer required to have special permits.
  • Pets will be issued a one-time tag. If lost, a new tag can be issued for a $5.00 fee.

      NO. Only some or none of my pets (cats and/or dogs) are spayed or neutered.

In South Bend we promote spay/neuter for our pets. 
Because your pets are not currently altered, you are not eligible for our enhanced licensing program.
Residential Non-Altered License Fees
  • An unaltered pet is subject to a higher fee structure. However, if the owner wishes to arrange for the animal to be fixed at their expense, they will qualify for the enhanced “altered” pet license fee structure.
  • If your pets are not fixed, you are allowed up to three (3) unaltered animals in a residentially zoned dwelling.
Number of Unaltered Pets License Fee  
$50 Annually  
Up to 3
$300 Annually  

Additional Information

For additional information please contact South Bend Animal Care and Control at 574-235-9303.

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