Agencies & Laws

Hamilton County, Indiana

Laws for Paws

Local animal laws and ordinances are ever-evolving. Make sure you’re on the right side of the law by staying up-to-date.

The Latest Local Laws

2019 Updates

Hamilton County revised its Title 15 Agriculture and Animals Ordinance section. Numerous changes were made to include the addition of temperature and tethering guidelines, definitions, permanent ID, and enhancement of the cruelty and neglect sections and fines.

2008 Updates

Hamilton County Board of Commissioners enacted a No-Fee Breeders Permit to enforce mandatory spay and neuter of domestic pets. Under the ordinance provisions, dogs or cats must be spayed by age six months unless the owner has a written certificate from a licensed veterinarian stating it’s not in the animal’s best medical interest to be sterilized.

If a dog or cat is older than nine months and has not been spayed or neutered, a breeder’s permit is required.

Hamilton County Board of Commissioners also placed restrictions on households that harbor more than three dogs or three cats.

2007 Updates

The State of Indiana imposed new laws for the ownership of Coydogs and Wolf hybrids by increasing the state-mandated punishment and by adding these animals under the domestic violence statutes.

2006 Updates

The dog tax was abolished by the State of Indiana. Under the abolishment of this statute, each county was allowed to adopt a County Option Dog Tax. As of 2016, Hamilton County has not adopted a County Option Dog Tax.

This same statute also eliminated assessment of Kennel Permit and Breeder Permit fees.

Obtain a Breeders Permit

To apply for a breeders permit, either complete an online application or obtain one from the Sheriff’s Department or HSHC. Once completed, please send it to the specified email or address. You should receive your approval or non-approval notice within ten business days. NOTE: Livestock (e.g., horses, cows, pigs, sheep, and goats) are governed by local zoning laws. Consult your local zoning office for requirements.

Contact Hamilton County’s Animal Control Coordinator for more information or to obtain a permit.

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.