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Animal Control
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The City of Burien requires pet owners to purchase a license annually for all dogs and cats eight weeks of age or older. See Burien Municipal Code Title 6 Animals.

New this year . . . proof of current rabies vaccination is required for all pets.

License Fees:

          Spayed / Neutered Dogs and Cats - $30 
          Unaltered Dogs and Cats - $60
          Lifetime License* - $15
          Replacement Tag - $5 Additional

*Residents 65 years of age and older OR disabled residents may obtain a non-transferrable tag for the lifetime of their altered pet for a one-time fee of $15. Proof of owner’s age or disability must be submitted.

Pet licenses are valid for a term of one year from issuance, expiring on the last day of the twelfth month. Note: The license tag you initially receive is permanently assigned to your pet. If a tag is lost, replacement tags are available for a $5 fee.

Pet License Purchase and Renewal Options
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  1. Purchase / Renew Online. Click HERE to access the online purchase site. In order to ensure a secure connection, you must create an account.

       Special information
       First-time License - If your pet is altered, you must
       provide proof of your pet’s spay or neuter.  This can
       be done by: 
             1. Submitting a statement or receipt from your
                 veterinarian or clinic that did the surgery or
                 who has examined your pet verifying the surgery  OR 
             2. Submitting a completed Owner's Proof of Spay or Neuter Form
                 Note:  This form will need to be printed, completed, and scanned
                 on to your computer.

       If the online purchase is for the first license of an altered pet, please scan and save the
       appropriate document to your computer now as you will be asked to upload the form
       during the online renewal process.  Also remember to scan your proof of rabies
  2. Purchase / Renew by Mail. Click HERE to download the form. Mail your completed form and your check, payable to the City of Burien to: 
                                            City of Burien
                                            Attn:  Animal Licensing
                                            400 SW 152nd Street, Suite 300
                                            Burien, WA  98166
  3. Purchase / Renew in Person. Visit City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8am – 4:30pm, at the address listed above. Licenses are also available from our Pet Field Service Provider, CARES, during the hours listed below. 

Animal Control Field Services
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Community Animal Resource Education Society (CARES), a non-profit 501C(3) corporation, provides animal control services for Burien. Contact information for CARES is:

        909 SW 151st Street
        Burien, WA 98166
        (206) 81-CARES or (206) 812-2737
        www. buriencares.org
        Submit an online report of found/lost pet

If a public safety emergency is occurring, such as an in-progress vicious dog attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.

CARES Hours of Operation
        9:00am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday
        9:00am - 1:00pm, Saturday

CARES is responsible for 

  • Enforcing Burien Municipal Code Title 6 Animals 
  • Responding to dog bites and dangerous dog reports 
  • Impounding stray dogs
  • Providing educational information about pets and pet ownership
  • Rescuing sick or injured domestic animals (not wildlife)
  • Providing referrals to other animal service agencies
Lost licensed pets will receive a free ride home the first time they stray from home if they are wearing a current Burien license.  An impound fee, a violation fee, and kennel fees will be charged to owners of stray dogs found without a license.

In addition, CARES operates an animal shelter.



400 SW 152nd St, Suite 300  /  Burien, WA 98166  /  Ph: (206) 241-4647  /  Fax: (206) 248-5539
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