The Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services accepts applications for new Prince George's County Animal Licenses and and renewals of existing licenses. The City’s goal is to make it more convenient for citizens to license their pets.

Each dog, cat and ferret over four (4) months of age in the City of Laurel must have and wear a current Prince George’s County license. Prince George’s County licenses are valid for one (1) year. Licenses can be purchased and renewed at the Laurel Municipal Center Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services located at 8103 Sandy Spring Road Laurel, Maryland 20707 at the Permit/License counter. Owners of pets who reside outside the City limits, but within Prince George’s County are also welcome to apply for pet licenses at the Municipal Center.

It is important to note that in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, animal shelter facilities may NOT accept or board animals that are not licensed.

Pet Licensing Fees

 $5 for a spayed/neutered pet
 $25 for an unaltered pet
 
Citizens 65 years of age and older (proof of age required) may obtain two (2) free pet licenses per year provided their animal(s) is spayed/neutered and is up to date on rabies vaccination(s).

Please note: Only CASH payments are accepted for animal license applications and renewals. There is an ATM inside of the Municipal Center

Required Documentation

Please be sure to bring the following documentation with you when applying for or renewing an animal license:

  • Current copy of the rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed veterinarian.
    Please Note: If the rabies certificate is set to expire within thirty (30 days) of the application date- the application or renewal will be rejected until the applicant provides a new certificate.
  • Proof of spaying/neutering from a licensed veterinarian, if applicable.
    Please Note: Animals (with the exception of service animals) are NOT permitted within the Municipal Center building. Therefore, proof of spaying/neutering is required and cannot be visually verified. Citizens who do not have or are unable to obtain, proof of spay/neuter can apply at the Prince George’s County Animal Management Group, License Section at 3750 Brown Station Road Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.
  • Renewals: Please be sure to bring the renewal notice from Prince George's County Animal Management Group and current rabbies vaccination certificate with you to renew an existing pet license.

Lost Tags

If an animal license tag is lost the owner must contact Prince George’s County Animal Management Group, License Section at 301-780-7251 for instructions on obtaining a replacement tag.

Hobby Permits and Animal Holding Facility Licenses

The City of Laurel does NOT issue Hobby Permits or Animal Holding Facility Licenses. Both the Hobby Permit and Animal Holding Facility License are specialized applications with specific requirements and may only be obtained through the following Office:

Animal Management Group, License Section
3750 Brown Station Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
301-780-7251- Call for details on payment options

Other Locations to Purchase a County Pet License

Animal Management Group, License Section
3750 Brown Station Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
301-780-7251- Call for details on payment options

College Park Municipal Center
4500 Knox Road
College Park, Maryland 20740
301-864-5585

City of Bowie- City Hall
Animal Control
15901 Excalibur Road
Bowie, Maryland 20716
301-262-6200

Leash Law

Section 3-35 of the Laurel City Code requires that all dogs must be on a leash or chain and under the owners or custodians immediate control at all times.

Cleaning up after your Pet

Section 3-39 of the Laurel City Code requires that any person owning, possessing, harboring or having the care, charge control or custody of any dog must immediately remove and thereafter dispose of any fecal matter deposited by such dog on any public or private property. The waste must be placed in a closed and sealed container and be deposited in a trash receptacle, sanitary disposal unit or other closed or sealed container.

Violation of the Section 3-39 is a municipal infraction and not a misdemeanor. The penalty for such a violation is a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each initial offence and one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each repeat offense.

Disaster Planning for Companion Pets

The impact of the disasters on companion pets is often far more devastating than the impact of the disaster on the human population in the disaster area. Companion pets are not allowed in shelters, and their owners often have no time to make other arrangements for their pet’s safety and security before the disaster strikes. Please visit the following website for Pet Disaster Planning information:

https://www.ready.gov/animals

If you have to leave your animals behind, set aside at least a five day supply of food and water.

If you have any questions regarding licensing your pet, please contact us at 301-725-5300 Ext. 2238 or email us at [email protected]

 

 

Fire Marshal & Permit Services

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