Laws & Fees

Permits & Fees

Fee Schedule

Check out the ACS Fee Schedule for a price listing of ACS services.

Pet License

On April 30, 2015, the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved the elimination of the City's pet licensing program. The City's licensing program involved annual registration with the City including providing proof of rabies and pets wearing a metal Texas-shaped license tag

An ordinance amendment was approved making a registered microchip the primary means of licensing for pets living within the San Antonio city limits. Residents do not have to formally register their pet's microchip with the City or ACS - microchips only need to be registered with the microchip manufacturer.

Owners whose pets have a current City license will be in compliance until those licenses expire, at which point, their pet must have a registered microchip. If your pet's license is already expired, you will be unable to purchase a new City license; instead you will need to obtain a microchip from Animal Care Services (FREE for City residents at ACS and at any off site Microchip Mania! clinic - see events calendar), Residents may also purchase a microchip at any of our spay/neuter clinic partners, any community shelter, or from any private veterinarian at their listed pricing. Be sure to ask if your purchased microchip comes with registration or if the chip will need to be registered. The new ordinance will go into effect for enforcement on June 30, 2015.

Check out our microchipping page for more information on how to obtain a registered microchip for your pet and remain in compliance with the law.


The City’s animal laws include a permitting process to ensure the humane, responsible treatment of our community’s companion animals. These permits govern areas animal related businesses as well as residential pet concerns like litter permits, excess animals, livestock and cat colonies.

Please review the filing requirements below to see if you need any of the following permits.

Litter Permit

This litter permit (.pdf) is necessary for anyone whose female dog or cat has a litter; the permit must be obtained prior to or within ten (10) business days of the litter’s birth.

Residential Animal Permits

People seeking a cat colony permit (.pdf), excess animal permit (.pdf), or livestock permit (.pdf) will need to fill this form out.

Commercial Animal Permits

This permit will be necessary for all animal exhibits (.pdf), pet shops (.pdf), grooming shops (.pdf) and commercial kennels (.pdf) and catteries.

Horse and Carriage Business Permit

This permit will be necessary for all horse and carriage businesses. Please contact the Ground Transportation Unit of the San Antonio Police Department at 210.207.7482 for more information.

The next Advisory Board Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm at
Animal Care Services (Annex Building) located at 4710 Highway 151, San Antonio, TX 78227.