Residents are required by Chapter 14 of the Code of Ordinances to license their cats, dogs and ferrets. This can be done at the City’s Animal Shelter, at veterinarians’ offices if they are authorized to process licenses, or at the PetData website.
Licensing a pet and keeping the license on its collar helps ensure that the owner will be notified if the pet is impounded. One-year pet licenses are $10 and three-year pet licenses are $27.
Anyone who locates or recovers a stray animal licensed with the City is encouraged to contact 311 or check PetData and get the owner’s contact information so the pet can be returned to its rightful owner.
Additional permits for animal-related businesses
- Animal Show Permit – Any circus, stock show, rodeo, petting zoo, pony ride or animal display in the City of Kansas City Mo., must have a special permit from the Animal Health and Public Safety Office, 2534 Prospect Ave. Download the Animal Display application or call 816-513-9808 to request an application be faxed. There is an inspection first and a $100 permit fee due at that time. Only one permit and fee is needed as long as the event is only held on consecutive days.
- Commercial Animal Establishment Permit – Owners of pet shops, boarding stables, boarding kennels or businesses that stock and deal in live animal commerce must have a special permit from the Animal Health and Public Safety Office at 2534 Prospect Ave. Call 816-513-9808 to request an application be faxed, or you can download the Commerical Animal Establishment Permit. There is a $100 annual permit fee and an annual inspection prior to renewal. The operation must be zoned for that kind of business and meet City codes.
- Domestic Animal Avocation Permit – Owners of hobby kennels, hobby catteries, rescue kennels or rescue catteries must have a special permit from the Animal Health and Public Safety Office at 2534 Prospect Ave. Call 816-513-9808 to request an application be faxed, or download the Domestic Animal Avocation Permit. The permit allows up to 10 dogs or 10 cats older than 180 days. Written consent is required from all owners and tenants of any lots within 150 feet of the applicant’s property for a hobby kennel and within 50 feet for a hobby cattery. For a rescue permit, applicants also will also need to obtain a license from the State of Missouri (available through the City’s Animal Health and Public Safety Office). There is a $100 annual permit fee and an annual inspection of any private property used for keeping animals prior to renewal.
- Special Exception Permit for Chickens – This residential permit allows those who do not meet the 100-foot distance requirement from their neighbors to keep or maintain up to 15 chickens at a residence after first getting permission from the owners and occupants of any buildings within the minimum distance requirement. Download this special exemption application or pick one up at the Animal Health and Public Safety Office at 2534 Prospect Ave. There is no fee for this permit, but it is subject to renewal after one year and every five years thereafter.