Iowa City Animal Center

(319) 356-5295 3910 Napoleon Lane Iowa City, IA 52240
Mon - Fri 10:30-5:30 | Sat 10:30-3:00 | Closed Sunday & Holidays

Licenses, Temporary ID Tags and Permits

Licenses and ID tags are a forms of identification that can help in reuniting you with your pet companion should they ever stray or get lost. Identification saves lives! In most cases when possible, animals found by animal service officers will be returned home rather than taken to the Animal Center.

All residence of Iowa City with dogs and cats over the age of four months are required to have an Iowa City animal license. To obtain a license for your animal you must have proof of a current rabies vaccination from a veterinarian.

Licenses may be obtained:

in person, at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center located at 3910 Napoleon Lane, Iowa City, IA.

via the phone, with a credit card at Animal Services, 319-356-5295. (Licenses by phone will require a faxed or emailed rabies certificate.)

via mailmail the rabies certificate and fee to Animal Services at 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.

Temporary ID tags are for animals too young for a rabies vaccination and regular license.

License and ID tag Fees

  • $1.00 For puppies and kittens under four months of age.
  • $5.00 Per year for all spayed and neutered dogs and cats.
  • $30.00 Per year for all dogs and cats that are not spayed or neutered.

Delinquent fee equal to the cost of the license will be charged 30 days after a license expires.

Half price for all senior citizens 60 years of age or older

Citizens with disabilities, whose dog has been trained to assist them, may provide proof of specialized training for the animal to obtain a free license or ID tag.

Licenses expire in conjunction with the rabies vaccination.

Multiples year licenses may be obtained if the citizen provides a multi-year rabies vaccination certificate.

Permit Requirements

Certain animal uses require a special permit and inspection of your property by an Animal Service officer. Permit applications must be filed prior to the establishment of use.

Permit applications and fees

Animal Act or Exhibition $30.00
Boarding Kennel $30.00
Breeder (two or more unaltered dogs of breeding age in home) $30.00
Cat Kennel  (5 or more cats) $15.00
Circus $100.00
Commercial Kennel (groomer) $30.00
Dog Kennel (4 or more dogs) $15.00
Dog or Cat Show $30.00
Motion Picture, Television or Theatrical $30.00
Pet Shop $30.00
Restricted Animal (call for animal types) $15.00
Rodeo $100.00
Urban Chicken (initial 3 yr.) No roosters allowed $100.00
Urban Chicken (renewal) $35.00