Laws & Fees

Permits & Fees


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.

It should be noted the permit process and applications may change based on policy revisions and the City of San Antonio's ordinance approval system may change legally required permit types, requirements or fees. Animal Care Services permit officers and field enforcement staff are available to answer questions throughout the permitting process.      

Please review the filing requirements below to see if you need any of the following permits. Note:No person shall operate a business in any of the animal categories listed below without a permit issued by the City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services. Permits will be issued after an application has been submitted, subsequent inspection has been completed, and fees collected. 

FILING REQUIREMENTS 1.) Completed application 2.) Proof of current rabies vaccinations 3.) Proof that dogs or cats are microchipped 4.) Photographs of all animals 5.) Written permission by the property owners for permits wherever property is not personally owned by applicant 6.) For livestock permit- documentation from Housing and Neighborhood Services stating that the property is zone for such. 7.) For livestock and poultry: a site plan indicating location of animal housing with proximity to adjacent property structures, and property boundaries 8.) A statement of proposed operations i. For what purpose are you keeping the animals ii. Describe waste management plan 9.) Filing fees D. REVOCATION All permits issued under this chapter may be revoked by the director, or his authorized representative for violation by the holder. Revocation of the permit is accomplished by mailing to holder of permit a written notice by certified mail stating the permit is revoked. Revocation of the permit may also be accomplished by personally delivering to the holder thereof a written notice stating the permit is revoked.  

Seller's and Litter Permit

The seller's permit (pdf.) is mandatory for anyone who sells or offers for sale one (1) or more puppies and the seller's permit number must be displayed in all advertising, notices or displays of the puppies, including online postings. The 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. Once you have obtained the permit through SAPD, call ACS at (210)207-6622  or via email:  to schedule a horse license inspection.

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 traditional 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. Of course, you should always keep your pet's microchip information including your phone number and email up to date!

ACS also offers FREE microchips for City residents at regularly held events and Microchip Mania! clinics - 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. 

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

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.