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If you plan to keep more than 4 dogs and cats in your home, you may be eligible for a Special Hobby Kennel License. Special requirements may apply to kennels and cateries, with a license issued only after the Community Service Officer is satisfied that the requirements in the applicable sections of MMC Chapter 10.04 have been met.
Licenses are $10 for those whose animals are implanted with a microchip that can help identity the pet.
Cost for an annual license is $25 for animals that are not fixed or implanted with a microchip ($15 for residents 60 and older).
The metal tag replacement fee if you lose the city-issued tag is $5.
To obtain a pet licence, download the Animal License Application, call or visit City Hall at (360) 363-8000 at 1049 State Ave., or call Program Specialist Carol Mulligan at (360) 363-8202 for more information.
If you want to report the problem, you can contact their North Puget Sound Regional Office in Mill Creek at (425) 775-1311, (425) 338-1066, or e-mail TeamMillCreek@dfw.wa.gov.
However, some conditions do apply (MMC 10.04.315):* A suitable shelter that is constructed so as to discourage predators must be provided. The shelter must be maintained in good working condition.
* Shelters, pens, and similar chicken enclosures should be in the backyard set back a minimum of 20 feet from neighboring residentially occupied structures.
* Shelters, pens, and similar chicken enclosures should be kept clean and free from disagreeable odors. No organic materials furnishing food for flies shall be allowed to accumulate on the premises. All manure and other refuse must be kept in tightly covered fly-proof receptacles and disposed of at least once each week in a manner approved by the animal control officer.
* Chickens may roam freely in the backyard as long as they are contained on the premises by a fence.