Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
 
Dog Licensing FAQ

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Does my dog need a license?
- Yes. Your dog can be up to six (6) months old before it is required to get a license. All dogs over six (6) months of age must be licensed. BGMC 6.10.060.
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Why should I get a license for my dog?
- Because it's the law! And a license is a lost dog's ticket home! When your dog has its license attached to its collar, its assigned license number is all that is necessary for our office to identify the dog's owner.
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What do I do if I find a lost dog?
- Please call the Humane Society or City Animal Control.
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How do I report my dog as having been lost?
- Please call the Humane Society or City Animal Control.
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How often does the license have to be renewed?
- Dog licenses must be renewed annually between December 1 and January 31.
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How much does an online dog license cost?
- The annual base fee for a license is set by the City Council. A license may also be assessed a late penalty if it is purchased outside the standard registration period. Besides these fees, a convenience fee is added to a license bought online. The fee is listed on the website as the 'Online Fee'.
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How do I get a replacement license?
- If you or your pet loses a license, you can request a replacement license from the City of Battle Ground Finance Department for a small fee.
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What if I move?
- If you move, you can go online to www.cityofbg.org/pets to update your information.
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Does the City have access to my credit card information?
- No. Credit card information is not made available to the City. If for any reason your credit card cannot be processed, you will be notified via email or telephone and asked to log in to your account to verify credit card information and to make any necessary corrections. Credit card orders for dog licenses will not be accepted over the telephone.
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How will I know that my payment was made?
- You will see a confirmation page with a transaction number after completing the payment process. We recommend you print or save this page for your records.
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How long does it typically take before I receive my dog license?
- Licenses are sent through postal mail and should arrive within 10 business days. The charge will be posted to your credit card at time of registration. Contact us if your dog license doesn't reach you within this period. Please allow extra time for processing during December 1 to February 28.
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