CULVER CITY ANIMAL SERVICES
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  LICENSING AND ANIMAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

  I paid for a tag at my veterinarian's office and received a tag to put on my dog's   collar. Isn't my dog now licensed?

No, the tags you may have received from the veterinarian's office are rabies tags and microchip tags which do NOT meet the licensing requirements in Culver City. Licensing CAN ONLY be obtained through PetData at http://www.petdata.com/for-pet-owners/cul/ or via postal mail to: Culver City Dog Licensing, c/o PetData, P.O. Box 141929, Irving, TX 75014. You are still responsible for licensing any dog over the age of four months of age. Dogs over 4 months of age must be licensed every year in Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.300]. Any person keeping or harboring any dog for 15 consecutive days shall be deemed to be the owner [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.310]. Culver City licenses are valid for the period of only 12 months and you must renew annually [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.320]. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  I adopted my dog from a rescue/shelter and received a tag for my dog's collar.   Isn't my dog now licensed?

No, the tags you may have received from the animal rescue or animal shelter are rabies tags and microchip tags which do NOT meet the licensing requirements in Culver City. Licensing CAN ONLY be obtained through PetData at http://www.petdata.com/for-pet-owners/cul/ or via postal mail to: Culver City Dog Licensing, c/o PetData, P.O. Box 141929, Irving, TX 75014. You are still responsible for licensing any dog over the age of four months of age. Dogs over 4 months of age must be licensed every year in Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.300]. Any person keeping or harboring any dog for 15 consecutive days shall be deemed to be the owner [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.310]. Culver City licenses are valid for the period of only 12 months and you must renew annually [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.320]. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500..

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  I registered my dog with a breed registry and received a tag for my dog's collar.   Isn't my dog now licensed?

No, the tags you may have received from a breed registry are pedigree recognition tags which do NOT meet the licensing requirements in Culver City. Licensing CAN ONLY be obtained through PetData at http://www.petdata.com/for-pet-owners/cul/ or via postal mail to: Culver City Dog Licensing, c/o PetData, P.O. Box 141929, Irving, TX 75014. You are still responsible for licensing any dog over the age of four months of age. Dogs over 4 months of age must be licensed every year in Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.300]. Any person keeping or harboring any dog for 15 consecutive days shall be deemed to be the owner [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.310]. Culver City licenses are valid for the period of only 12 months and you must renew annually [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.320]. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  What is the difference between registering my dog and licensing my dog?

Registering your dog is optional and involves submitting an application to a breed registry to record and recognize your dog's lineage (sire/dam), breeding history and pure-bred pedigree status. Licensing your dog is mandatory and involves conforming to Culver City Municipal Codes [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.300] that require current rabies vaccination confirmation, microchip confirmation, spay/neuter confirmation, and adherence to defined limitations of numbers of animals per household.

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  What do I need to license my dog in Culver City?

To license your dog, all dogs over 4 months of age must be spayed or neutered (altered) [Los Angeles County Code 10.20.350], microchipped [Los Angeles County Code 10.20.185], and rabies vaccinated [Los Angeles County Code 10.20.220]. Dogs that are unable to be spayed, neutered, microchipped and rabies vaccinated without a high likelihood of suffering serious bodily harm or death due to age or infirmity must have written confirmation from a licensed veterinarian to qualify for this exception. Even if you dog qualifies for any or all of the exemptions to the requirements of the license ordinance, your dog still must be licensed.

Required Paperwork for Licensing:

  1. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required. Please check your certificate for correct address and pet information.

  2. Proof of spay/neuter, such as a signed statement from a veterinarian or an invoice for services is required if you are applying for the lower spayed/neutered license fee.

  3. The dog’s microchip number is required. If your dog is microchipped, but you can not locate the documentation with the microchip number, a veterinarian or the Culver City Animal Services Officer can scan your dog and provide you the microchip number.

Required Documentation for an Unaltered Dog:
(If your dog does not qualify for the spay/neuter exemptions listed below, your dog must be spayed/neutered (altered) [Los Angeles County Code 10.20.350])

  1. Health Exemption: Please submit written confirmation from a licensed veterinarian that the dog is unable to be spayed or neutered without a high likelihood of serious bodily harm or death due to age or infirmity.

  2. Law Enforcement Dog Exemption: Please submit the name of the agency for which the dog is actively being used.

  3. Service Dog Exemption: Please submit documentation of either the training agency or a registry for the service animal.

  4. Competition Dog Exemption: A Competition Dog is a dog which is used to show, to compete or to breed, which is of a breed recognized by and registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) or other approved breed registries. The dog or owner must also meet ONE of the following requirements:

    1. The dog has competed in at least one dog show or sporting competition sanctioned by a national registry or approved by the department within the last 365 days; or

    2. The dog has earned a conformation, obedience, agility, carting, herding, protection, rally, sporting, working or other title from a purebred dog registry referenced above or other registry or dog sport association approved by the department; or

    3. The owner or custodian of the dog is a member of a department approved purebred dog breed clubs, which maintains and enforces a code of ethics for dog breeding that includes restrictions from breeding dogs with genetic defects and life threatening health problems that commonly threaten the breed.

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

For the Culver City license application:

For the Culver City license fee exemption application for low-income reduced rate or senior citizen discounted rate:

You can also request a Culver City license application at:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Residents can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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  Does my pet have to be licensed in Culver City, even if my pet never leaves the   home?

Dogs over 4 months of age must be licensed every year in Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.300]. Any person keeping or harboring any dog for 15 consecutive days shall be deemed to be the owner [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.310]. Culver City licenses are valid for the period of only 12 months and you must renew annually [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.320]. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500. Licensing of cats are voluntary, but licensing will help your cat get home in the event your cat gets brought to the shelter [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.400]. Please note that Los Angeles City dog licenses and Los Angeles County dog licenses are not recognized in Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.310]. Besides Culver City Municipal Codes, California state law and county ordinances require that a dog license be purchased every year and be securely fastened to the dog’s collar [California Health and Safety Code 1920, California Food and Agriculture Code 30502, and Los Angeles County Code 10.20.190]. Even if your dog never leaves the house, your dog must still have a dog license. At some point and time your dog may accidentally get out, there may be a disaster and you get separated from your dog, or a stray or sick animal can enter your property. Having a license on your dog helps Culver City Animal Services get your dog back to you.

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

You can also request a Culver City license application at:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Residents can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  My dog is licensed in Los Angeles County/Los Angeles City. Isn't my dog   considered licensed in Culver City?

No, dogs over 4 months of age must be licensed every year in Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.300]. Los Angeles City dog licenses and Los Angeles County dog licenses are not recognized in Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.310]. The City of Culver City requires that all dogs have current Culver City licenses, have current rabies vaccinations, have been spayed/neutered and have been microchipped. Even if your dog never leaves the house, your dog must still have a dog license and must be spayed/neutered (altered), rabies vaccinated and microchipped. At some point and time your dog may accidentally get out, there may be a disaster and you get separated from your dog, or a stray or sick animal can enter your property. Having your dog microchipped and a license on your dog helps Culver City Animal Services get your dog back to you. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  Are discounted pet licenses available for Culver City seniors/low-income/   disabled pet owners?

Yes, you may be exempt from paying the dog license fee if:

  1. You are a resident of Culver City.

  2. You are 60 years of age or older;

  3. Your Total Adjusted Gross Income, as used for purposes of the California Personal Income Tax Law, was no more than $18,200 for the last calendar year;
    AND
    The combined Adjusted Gross Income of all members of the household in which you reside was more no more than $21,500;
    OR

  4. You are a resident of Culver City who meets the criterion of Disability, as established by the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security income (SSI) Program for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (Title SVI of the Social Security Act as amended), without regard to your age.

To apply:

  1. Please fill out the Pet License Fee Exemption Application:

  2. Include proof of income and age (60 years of age and older) or proof of SSI disability. This paperwork will be returned and will not be required again.

  3. Include a current rabies certificate for each pet to be license, or proof from your veterinarian of exemption (if applicable).

  4. Include a proof of spay/neuter status for each pet, or proof from your veterinarian of exemption (if applicable).

  5. Include each pet's microchip number, or proof from your veterinarian of exemption (if applicable).

    LOW INCOME PET OWNERS
    FIRST DOG
    ADDITIONAL DOG
    Senior (60+) / Unaltered Dog
    Free
    $10.00
    Senior (60+) / Altered Dog
    Free
    $5.00
    Disabled / Unaltered Dog
    Free
    $25.00
    Disabled / Altered Dog
    Free
    $12.50

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  Does my pet have to be spayed or neutered (altered) in Culver City?

Dogs in Culver City are required to be spayed or neutered (altered) [Los Angeles County Code 10.20.350]. Spaying and neutering presents many health benefits for dogs. Certain types of cancers in dogs are eliminated by spaying and neutering. Sterilized dogs are less likely to roam and therefore less likely to be lost, hit by a car, injured in a fight, or abused. By spaying or neutering your dog, you are helping solve the problem of pet overpopulation and protecting your dog from potential harm

Since some dogs cannot be spayed or neutered for certain reasons, this ordinance has exemptions for these cases:

  1. Dogs which are unable to be spayed or neutered without a high likelihood of suffering serious bodily harm or death due to age or infirmity (Written confirmation from a licensed veterinarian is required to qualify for this exception.)

  2. Dogs used by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes

  3. Service or assistance dogs that assist disabled persons

  4. Competition dogs (A Competition Dog is a dog which is used to show, to compete or to breed, which is of a breed recognized by and registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) or other approved breed registries. The dog or owner must also meet ONE of the following requirements:

    • The dog has competed in at least one dog show or sporting competition sanctioned by a national registry or approved by the department within the last 365 days

    • The dog has earned a conformation, obedience, agility, carting, herding, protection, rally, sporting, working or other title from a purebred dog registry referenced above or other registry or dog sport association approved by the department

    • The owner or custodian of the dog is a member of a department approved purebred dog breed clubs, which maintains and enforces a code of ethics for dog breeding that includes restrictions from breeding dogs with genetic defects and life threatening health problems that commonly threaten the breed.

If you believe your dog meets one of these exemptions:

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  My dog is old, sick, or has health issues. Do I still have to spay or neuter (alter),   microchip, and rabies vaccinate my dog in Culver City?

Although dogs in Culver City are required to be spayed or neutered (altered) [Los Angeles County Code 10.20.350], microchipped [Los Angeles County Code 10.20.185], and rabies vaccinated [Los Angeles County Code 10.20.220], there are exemptions, especially for dogs with health issues. Dogs that are unable to be spayed, neutered, microchipped and rabies vaccinated without a high likelihood of suffering serious bodily harm or death due to age or infirmity will require written confirmation from a licensed veterinarian to qualify for this exception.

If your dog meets this exemption:

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  Does my pet have to be microchipped in Culver City?

All dogs over the age of 4 months in Culver City are required to be implanted with an identifying microchip [Los Angeles County Code 10.20.185]. The owner or custodian is required to provide the microchip number to the Culver City Animal Services and the national registry applicable to the implanted chip, a change of ownership of the dog, or a change of address or telephone number. Microchipping of cats in Culver City is voluntary, but microchipping will help your cat get home in the event your cat gets brought to the shelter. There are exemptions to the microchipping requirement, especially for dogs with health issue. Dogs that are unable to be spayed, neutered, microchipped and rabies vaccinated without a high likelihood of suffering serious bodily harm or death due to age or infirmity will require written confirmation from a licensed veterinarian to qualify for this exception.

If your dog meets this exemption:

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  Does my dog have to be rabies vaccinated in Culver City, even if my dog never   leaves the home?

All dogs over the age of 4 months in Culver City are required to be currently rabies vaccinated [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.380]. The owner or custodian is required to provide the microchip number to the Culver City Animal Services and the national registry applicable to the implanted chip, a change of ownership of the dog, or a change of address or telephone number. Rabies vaccination of cats in Culver City is voluntary. However, if your cat is involved in a bite incident with a human, your cat may be quarantined at home only if your cat is currently rabies vaccinated. There are exemptions to the rabies vaccination requirement, especially for dogs with health issues. Dogs that are unable to be spayed, neutered, microchipped and rabies vaccinated without a high likelihood of suffering serious bodily harm or death due to age or infirmity will require written confirmation from a licensed veterinarian to qualify for this exception.

If your dog meets this exemption:

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  When do dogs need licenses in Culver City?

Dogs over 4 months of age must be licensed every year in Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.300]. Please note that Los Angeles City dog licenses and Los Angeles County dog licenses are not recognized in Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.310]. The City of Culver City requires that all dogs have current Culver City licenses, have current rabies vaccinations, have been spayed/neutered and have been microchipped. Even if your dog never leaves the house, your dog must still have a dog license and must be spayed/neutered (altered), rabies vaccinated and microchipped. At some point and time your dog may accidentally get out, there may be a disaster and you get separated from your dog, or a stray or sick animal can enter your property. Having your dog microchipped and a license on your dog helps Culver City Animal Services get your dog back to you. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  Do cats need licenses in Culver City?

Licensing for cats in Culver City is voluntary [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.400]. At some point and time your cat may accidentally get out, there may be a disaster and you get separated from your cat, or a stray or sick animal can enter your property. Having your cat microchipped and a license on your cat helps Culver City Animal Services get your cat back to you.

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  Does my cat have to be rabies vaccinated in Culver City?

Rabies vaccination of cats in Culver City is voluntary, but in case your cat is involved in a bite incident with a human, your cat can be quarantined at home only if your cat is currently rabies vaccinated.

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  Where can I get a Culver City animal license?

You can complete a Culver City pet license via internet at:

You can also request a Culver City license application at:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

For further information on pet licensing and Culver City requirements, you may also contact 1-888-615-4350 for further information.

For the Culver City license application:

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  Can I have more than 3 dogs or 3 cats?

No person shall keep or permit to be kept on any or in any lot, building, structure or premises more than 3 dogs over the age of 4 months or more than 3 cats over the age of 4 months without first having applied for and received an Animal Permit as provided herein [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.025]. You may be approved for more than 3 dogs or 3 cats only if there are no prior complaints on your animals, if you meet all the requirements for the Animal Permit, and if the Culver City Permit Application is officially approved[Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.030].

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  Where can I get a Culver City Animal Permit?

No person shall keep or permit to be kept on any or in any lot, building, structure or premises more than 3 dogs over the age of 4 months or more than 3 cats over the age of 4 months without first having applied for and received an Animal Permit as provided herein [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.025].

Application for permit:

  1. All applications for permits to keep animals, fowl or reptiles shall be filed with the City Clerk, shall be accompanied by a fee of $50.00 and shall state the number and kind of animals, fowl or reptiles as well as such other information required by the City Clerk. Signatures of at least 1 adult resident of each dwelling or apartment unit within a radius of 200 feet, indicating approval or disapproval, shall be appended to such applications. Upon receipt of application, a copy thereof shall be referred to the City's health agency and Police Department for investigation and report.

    • Upon receipt of said reports, the City Clerk shall cause notices to be posted within a radius of 300 feet from the address wherein said animals, fowl or reptiles are proposed to be kept, and not more than 50 feet apart. Permit will be granted providing no written objections are filed within ten days and approval is received from the City's health agency and Police Department.

You can obtain the Culver City Animal Permit application online:

You can also request a Culver City license application at:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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