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City of Rochester

Dog Licenses

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  • All dogs four months and older that reside in the City of Rochester must have a valid dog license.
  • Owners must provide a current rabies certificate issued by a veterinarian.
  • If the dog is spayed or neutered, proof must be provided.


$8.50 for spayed or neutered dogs
$20.50 for dogs not spayed or neutered 

$23.50 for each purebred dog
A fee of $3.00 is collected for a lost dog tag.

Service and guide dogs will be licensed free of charge (documentation required).

Dog licenses must be renewed annually; renewals will be mailed to the address on file. Make checks payable to the "City of Rochester."

Apply for a dog license

Visit the City Clerk's Office at:
City Hall, 30 Church Street, Room 100A,  Rochester, NY 14614 


Mail the following information to the address above:

A copy of the rabies certificate

Proof that dog was spayed or neutered, if applicable

Check or money order for $8.50 (spayed or neutered) or $20.50 (not spayed or neutered)

Provide us with your name, address and telephone number


If you would like information on pure breeds, please call 428-6617.  If you would like to learn more about Animal Services, please click here.


For additional information, please feel free to call (585) 428-6617 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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