Ordinances-Registration/Licensing of Pets


-All dogs, cats, and ferrets 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian against rabies with a vaccine that is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture for use in those species. Sec. 828.30(1), Florida Statutes.

-Upon vaccination against rabies, the licensed veterinarian shall provide the animal’s owner and the animal control authority with a rabies vaccination certificate.  Sec. 828.30(3), Florida Statutes.


-An animal owner’s name, street address, phone number, and animal tag number contained in a rabies vaccination certificate provided to the animal control authority is exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. However, any person who has been bitten, scratched, or otherwise exposed to a zoonotic disease or the physician of such person; a veterinarian who is treating an animal that has been bitten, scratched, or otherwise exposed to a zoonotic disease; or the owner of an animal that has been bitten, scratched, or otherwise exposed to a zoonotic disease shall be provided with any information contained in a rabies vaccination certificate but only with respect to the particular animal biting, scratching, or otherwise causing exposure. Any person with an animal tag number may receive vaccination certificate information with regard to that animal. Law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies; other animal control authorities; emergency and medical response and disease control agencies; or other governmental health agencies shall be provided information contained in the rabies vaccination certificate for the purpose of controlling the transmission of rabies; however, the receiving agencies and authorities must not release the exempt information.  Sec. 828.30(5), Florida Statutes.

Additional information on Rabies may be found at RABIESAWARE.ORG

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City of Palm Coast, Florida

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Sec. 8-51. License tag required/other pets.(a)   Every person owning, keeping, harboring or controlling any rabies-susceptible animal within the City, or bringing any rabies-susceptible animal, except livestock, into the City, shall within 30 days of bringing such animal into the City, register said rabies-susceptible animal, except livestock, with the City and obtain a license tag number.(b)   The required license tag shall be worn by the rabies-susceptible animal at all times unless a licensed veterinarian or the animal control officer shall certify that the wearing of a tag is impossible, impractical or dangerous to the particular type of animal involved.(c)   The City Council may assess fees for the purpose of administering the provisions of this Code by adopting a resolution establishing said fees.(d)   The provisions of this section shall be in compliance with the requirements of F.S. § 828.28.(Ord. No. 2010-10, § 26, 7-20-10) 

City of Flagler Beach, Florida

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Sec. 5-6.  Requirements for registration/licensing of animals.
(a)   Registration/licensing requirements.  Every dog or cat over four (4) months of age that remains in the city for more than thirty (30) days shall be registered/licensed. Registration/licensing of each animal shall include the owner's name, address, telephone number, emergency contact and veterinarian/vaccination information. A registration/license must be obtained from city hall or a source participating with the city by showing a valid rabies vaccination certificate. 
(b)   Duration.  Each registration/license is valid for one (1) fiscal year (October 1 to September 30) regardless of the type of rabies vaccination that was administered. Owners are required to provide notice of any change in information within twenty (20) days of such change. 
(c)   Replacement registration/license/tag.  In the event of loss or destruction of a valid registration/license tag, the owner of the dog or cat shall obtain a replacement registration/license. 
(Ord. No. 2002-30, § 1(Exh.A), 12-12-02)

City of Bunnell, Florida

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Sec. 10-211. - Required.

All dogs and cats, six weeks and older, kept, harbored or maintained by their owners in the city, shall be licensed in accordance with this article.

(Ord. No. 1987-3, § 27, 6-2-87)


Flagler County, Florida

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