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.
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
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: ACSPermits@sanantonio.gov to schedule a horse license inspection.
Check out the ACS Fee Schedule for a price listing of ACS services.