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Licensing Your Pet

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Residents of City of Columbia and Richland County are required to license ALL pets annually. Failure to do so can result in a maximum fine of $200 or 30 days in jail.

To obtain a license, owners must give proof of rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccination is required by state law and failure to do so can result in a $200 fine.

Owners with more than two dogs are required to have a kennel license.

Pet License Application

 

City of Columbia and Richland County

Pet Licensing Fees

City    County
       

Sterilized pet

$5.00    $4.14

Unsterilized pet

$25.00          $20.73

Dogs assisting with handicap*

Free   Free

Participated in 3 nationally recognized obedience trials or conformation shows in the past 12 months*

$5.00   $4.14

Not spayed/neutered due to medical reasons*

$5.00   $4.14


*Owner must provide proof.


The City of Columbia now allows residents to have up to four hens. (No roosters.) Hens must be licensed; the fee is $5 per hen.

Payments cannot be made online.
 

For more information on payment methods, please contact the Columbia Animal Shelter at 803-776-PETS (7387) or visit their office at 127 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC 29209.

 

Differential licensing programs encourage the following:

  • Vaccination for rabies as required by state law
  • Neutering/spaying of pets
  • Reduce the stray and unwanted animal population
  • Minimize the amount of tax dollars used for animal control costs

 

 
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