According to the City code it is unlawful for any pet owner to fail to provide any dog or cat six (6) months of age or older with a current pet license.  The owner of any dog or cat must also have in his possession a current rabies vaccination tag showing that such animal has been vaccinated against rabies. Failure to license your pet may result in fines, penalties and/or citations. For more information from the City Code, click here.
Licensing is also an important means of identification and can help you find your pet if it becomes lost. 

How to Obtain a License

To purchase an animal license, you may apply in person or by mail to the Board of Public Works & Safety, located on the first floor of City Hall, 17 Harding Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47807, the following requirements:

  1. A completed Pet Licensing Application
  2. Check or money order in the correct amount according to the chart below
  3. Proof of rabies vaccination and sterilization information from your veterinarian

Licenses are issued for a term of one year. If you have more than six (6) pets (cats and/or dogs), you are required to obtain a Kennel/Cattery license and must apply in person.  Any property used as a kennel/cattery site must be in compliance with the City zoning laws.


Animal Type License Fee
Altered $5
Unaltered $100


Download an Application for a Pet License Here.