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All dogs and cats living in Orange County must be licensed within 30 days of acquisition.  Failure to do so is a violation of the County's ordinance and could result in a fee or fine. Orange County does not provide licensing tags; your pet

must wear their current rabies tag.












All residents inside Orange County must pay the standard County fee.  Townships may also require a fee for their residents, in addition to the County's licensing fee.  Residents are responsible for paying the total fee for the area in which they live, according to the chart below.  All fees are paid to Orange County and township fees are remitted to individual towns once collected.

All pets over 4 months of age should also have a current rabies shot.  You will need to provide a copy of your rabies certificate and spay/neuter certificate if your animal(s) are sterilized.



How to License Your Pet

There are several options for licensing your pet with Orange County Animal Services.  The easiest and preferred way is to license is online!  Whether this is a first-time license for your pet or a renewal, you can use the link below to save time and money by licensing through our secure online licensing program. Credit card numbers are encrypted in an SSL format and all transactions are secure.

Please note that our licensing program does not currently work well with Apple/Mac-based browsers, such as Safari.  We are working with our vendor to correct this issue and apologize for any inconvenience.






Begin Your Online Licensing Session

If your pet is deceased or you have moved to another county, please contact us via email at  Please include your Person ID and the ID of the animal in question.

For new registratinos or to update the spay/neuter information listed on your renewal card, please beallegra sure you have your pet's spay/neuter information available, including the date of surgery and the name of the clinic where surgery was performed.



You may also license your pet in person Animal Services Center, or you may print a licensing form and mail to Animal Services.


Please contact Animal Services at 919-942-7387, ext. 220 to review refundable issues and/or to make a refund request.



Licensing Fees       

County Fees effective Sept 1, 2010
Chapel Hill fees effective Nov 1, 2010

Please find your jurisdiction on the chart below.  If you rlicense is more than 30 days late, a $5 late fee will apply.


Unsteril-ized Dogs


Unsteril-ized Cats Steril-
ized Cats
Orange County
Unincorporated areas, Hillsborough, Mebane (Orange County portion)
$10 $30 $10
Chapel Hill        
Orange County Fee $30 $10 $30 $10
Town Fee $5 $3 $5 $3
Total Fee for Chapel Hill Residents $35 $13 $35 $13
Orange County Fee $30 $10 $30 $10
Town Fee $20 $3 $10 $3
Total Fee for Carrboro Residents $50 $13 $40 $13
Chapel Hill Annex within Durham County        
Orange County Fee No fee No fee No fee No fee
Town Fee $5 $3 $5 $3
Total Fee for Annex Residents $5 $3 $5 $3


Effective October 1, 2012, any license that is paid more than 30 days after the due date will be subject to a $5 late fee.


Kennel Fees $50.00

effective July 1st, 2007

Additional Information

Contact us at: (919) 942-PETS (7387).


Quick Links

Animal Services Facebook pageVisit us on Facebook



Twitter logoCheck us out on Twitter for listings of stray pets received at the Animal Services Center or found by others.


The recommendations are in from the Free-Roaming Cat Task Force, a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board!  Read Managing Free-Roaming Cats in Orange County, North Carolina to find out more!


Check out the CDC's new webpage about Pets and Ebola for all the latest news!

Find out even more about Pets & Ebola from the American Veterinarian Medical Association.


Find out all you need to know about Rabies in Orange County and beyond on our Rabies Page.

Orange County Giving Fund

Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page


mobile web page

We now have a Mobile Page, designed to help you view our site on your mobile device.  Click HERE to use it!

animal cam


Check out our Animal Cam to see animals in our Featured Pet Room 24 hours a day!



Upcoming Events

SNAP-NC Surgery Day

Wednesday, April 1

The SNAP mobile unit will be performing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in the Animal Services Center parking lot on Wednesday, April 1st. Appointments must be made through snap in advance. To schedule an appointment or learn more about their services, visit them at 


SNAP-NC Surgery Day

Tuesday, April 14

The SNAP mobile unit will be performing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in the Animal Services Center parking lot on Tuesday, April 14th. Appointments must be made through snap in advance. To schedule an appointment or learn more about their services, visit them at