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Lost Dog?

For information regarding a lost or missing animal call the Police Department at 651-450-2525 during business hours.  After hours call Dakota County Dispatch at 911. 

Animals are taken to the South Saint Paul Animal Hospital when an owner can't be found. 
They can be reached by phone at 651-455-5897. 

Where to get a License

Dog licenses may be purchased at City Hall, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (excluding official holidays). In order to obtain a license you must provide proof of a current rabies vaccination from your veterinarian.

If you are unable to visit City Hall during regular business hours you can download a Dog License Application 

Please print and complete an application for each dog you intend to license. Mail your completed application(s), along with proof of current rabies vaccination and payment, to the following address:  

                        City of Inver Grove Heights
                        Attn: Dog Licensing
                        8150 Barbara Ave.
                        Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 

City staff will  process completed applications as soon as possible and mail the license(s) back to applicants.  Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed. 

Call (651) 450-2500 for more information or to make arrangements to pay by phone.

Licensing Requirements
City code requires dogs over six months of age to be licensed. Licenses expire every other year on April 30th and are issued in odd-numbered years.  Licenses can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to May 1st.  Licenses for the 2017-2019 period are available for purchase now at City Hall. 
The cost of a license is $20 if the dog is unaltered and $12 if the dog is altered.
Proof of a current rabies vaccination from your veterinarian is required to obtain a dog license.

City code prevents Inver Grove Heights residents from keeping more than three dogs at a time. A kennel license is required for four or more dogs over six months of age. Applications for a kennel license may be obtained at City Hall or by calling (651) 450-2513.  Please review the regulations pertaining to kennel licenses in Inver Grove Heights City Code, Title 5, Chapter 4

Cats are not subject to licensing, but the city does encourage you to have your cat vaccinated for rabies.

Other Information

Dogs must be under owner control at all times. A dog must be on a leash no longer than six feet, or restrained by voice commands.

Animal control regulations are part of the Inver Grove Heights City Code, Title 5, Chapter 4

The City of Inver Grove Heights Police Department responds to animal control complaints and issues.  In general, the City does not respond to issues related to wild animals. 

Please contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources  at 651-296-6157 for tips or help regarding problems with wildlife.

To file a complaint or ask a question regarding animal control please contact the Police Department at 651-450-2525 during regular business hours.  After hours call Dakota County Dispatch at 911.