Project PetSafe

Animal Licensing

Where Can You Purchase a County Animal License?

  • In person at one of the three county animal shelters: Santa Barbara, Lompoc, or Santa Maria. We accept Visa, MasterCard, cash, check or money order made payable to SBCAS (Santa Barbara County Animal Services)
  • Online – We accept Visa or MasterCard
  • Download application form and mail to shelter
    We accept check or money order made payable to SBCAS
  • Check with your veterinarian to see if licenses are sold at their hospital –
    Download list of veterinary hospitals that sell County Animal Licenses

Many animal owners do not realize that state and local laws require

  • All dogs over 4 months to be licensed and to wear the license tag per state law
  • All dogs over 4 months to be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian
  • Unaltered cats over 6 months of age to be licensed in the unincorporated County, the City of Buellton, the City of Guadalupe, the City of Goleta, and the City of Solvang – No license is required for altered cats
  • Unaltered Animal Licenses in the unincorporated County, the City of Buellton, the City of Guadalupe, the City of Goleta, and the City of Solvang require a Veterinary Certificate.
  • The City of Lompoc requires all dogs over 4 months of age to be spayed or neutered per Municpal Code 6.20.030. Specific exemptions are listed at http://qcode.us/codes/lompoc/.
  • The city of Santa Maria requires all dogs over 4 months of age to be spayed or neutered  per Santa Maria Municipal Code Title 5, Chapter 5-3, Article 3- Animal Licensing. Click here for Specific Exemptions.

How to Get an Altered Animal License for a Dog

  • Provide a current rabies certificate
  • Provide written proof that the dog is spayed or neutered:
    • A sterilization certificate from the veterinarian that performed the surgery or examined your pet to verify that the animal is altered
    • A previous animal license receipt that has your pet listed as spayed or neutered
    • A current rabies certificate indicating that the pet is altered

How to Get an Unaltered Animal License for a Dog or Cat

  • Provide a current rabies certificate (only applies to dogs)
  • Provide a Veterinary Certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian (applies to the unincorporated areas of the County, the City of Buellton, the City of Guadalupe, the City of Goleta, and the City of Solvang).
  • A Veterinary Certificate is valid for either one year or the term of the license, whichever is longer.

How to Get a Veterinary Certificate for an Unaltered Animal License

  • An owner may request a Veterinary Certificate from their veterinarian.
  • A veterinarian may issue a Veterinary Certificate after the veterinarian has discussed the objectives and purpose for owning the cat or dog and after considering the overall circumstances, including the age and health of the animal, the veterinarian authorizes the owner to purchase an Unaltered Animal License.

Where Can You Get Information on How to Purchase a City Animal License if You Are a Resident of the City of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara or Santa Maria?

How Much Does it Cost to Purchase a Santa Barbara County Animal License?

New fees effective 3/6/2015

Dog Licenses
(Licensias para perros)
6 mos 1 yr 2 yr 3 yr
*unaltered (inalterado) $45 $80 $140 $200
altered (alterado) $13 $25 $48 $74
*senior unaltered
(mayor inalterado)
$32 $49 $80 $116
senior altered
(mayor alterado)
$11 $22 $35 $52
*Unaltered Cat  $80/yr

*requires signed Veterinary Certificate in Unincorporated areas, the City of Buellton, the City of Goleta, the City of Guadalupe, and the City of Solvang.

Senior discount applies to persons 65 years or over.  Provide date of birth.

What If You Adopted or Inherited an Already Licensed Pet?

  • A County Animal License is not transferrable
  • You will need to purchase a new animal license in your own name

What If You Received a Renewal Notice and No Longer Own the Animal or Your Pet is Deceased?

  • Contact your local shelter in writing or by telephone so your records will be updated

An Animal License is Your Pet’s Ticket Home

  • A dog license is more than a quick trip home for a lost pet
  • County Animal Services can quickly reunite a lost animal with its family when the animal is wearing a license
  • An animal license also makes a difference to the less fortunate animals in our community – Revenue from the sale of dog licenses helps Santa Barbara County Animal Services operate three open door shelters
  • An animal license proves that you are a responsible pet owner and helps the animals at the shelters find loving homes