Pets & Animals
834 Beaufort St NE • Aiken, SC 29801 • 803-642-7620

City of Aiken Pet Licensing & Registration

All City of Aiken dogs and cats over the age of 6 months must be registered / licensed. Residents are encouraged to wait until the pet has been spayed or neutered and micro-chipped before registering.
Any owner of a pet who can furnish a written certification from a licensed veterinarian that the pet, due to health reasons, could not withstand spay or neuter surgery shall be exempt from paying the higher city tag fee for fertile pets and is not required to have the pet spayed or neutered. Also, any handicapped owner of a dog which is used by the owner as an aid for seeing, hearing, or other physical purposes and which is specially trained for such purposes by a recognized service organization shall be required to obtain a city tag, but shall be exempt from paying the tag fee.
†Kennel means the premises at which six or more dogs, six or more cats, or six or more carnivorous animals of the same species over one year of age are housed. For purposes of this Code, the following shall not be deemed kennels: zoological parks, veterinary hospitals, public laboratories, publicly owned or operated facilities for research and education, all government entities, and duly qualified 501(c)(3) organizations who operate a facility primarily for the rescue and care of stray and abandoned animals.

City of Aiken Code of Ordinances Section 8-2