Dog License Information

The Hollister Animal Shelter urges everyone who owns a dog to purchase a City Dog License. It’s a sure way home if you and your pet become separated.

The City of Hollister Municipal Code Section 6.08.120 requires that:

No person, hereinafter called "owner," shall own, possess, maintain, harbor or have control of any dog over the age of four months within the city for a period in excess of 30 days, unless such dog is licensed as provided in this chapter. Every owner so having any dog over the age of four months shall apply for a license for such dog and shall pay a license fee which shall be fixed by the city council from time to time by resolution. License fees shall be paid to the city tax collector or the animal control officer, who shall, for this purpose, be a deputy tax collector. Such licenses shall be issued for a term of one or three years and shall only be issued pursuant to a current rabies vaccination valid throughout the license period.

Dog Licenses CANNOT be paid by using Utility Bill Pay Online. Currently Dog License Payments are NOT available online.


  • Please fill out an application with owner and pet information.
  • Enclose a current rabies vaccination certificate.
  • Enclose a spay/neuter certificate, if applicable.
  • Choose one of the six different fees from the chart below. Licenses are good for 1, 2, or 3 years. The rabies certificate must be current for the entire period of license fee you are choosing.
  • Make the check or money order out to the City of Hollister and mail to the City of Hollister Animal Control Division, 375 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA 95023.

License Fee Chart

 1 year  2 year  3 year
 Spayed/Neutered Dogs  $ 9.00  $13.00  $18.00
 Dogs Not Spayed/Neutered  $18.00  $28.00  $36.00