Animal Control Services

Informational Brochures

Department of Fish & Wildlife

Visit Oak Harbor Municipal Code and then navigate to "Title 7 Animals" to view the City of Oak Harbor's Municipal Code governing Animals. The code covers Care and Control, Dog and Cat Licenses, Rabies Control, Impoundment, Pigeons, Dangerous Dogs and Potentially Dangerous Dogs, Animal Cruelty, and Exotic Animals.

Animal Control Officer

Visit Animal Control Officer. The City of Oak Harbor employs an Animal Control Officer, who responds to calls for service and patrols city limits of Oak Harbor and areas of Navy Housing within City Limits during business hours.

  • Dial 911 for Emergencies
  • 24-hour Non-Emergencies call 360-679-9567

Animal Holding Facility

Learn about the Animal Holding Facility. The City of Oak Harbor contracts with WAIF for the sheltering of animals and all dogs and cats are taken to their shelter facility in Coupeville.

Licensing & Fees

Contact the utility office at City Hall for licensing and information:
865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277


  • Rabies Certificate (required)
  • Certificate of Spay or Neuter

In order to apply for the City Animal License, please bring current rabies certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, and if applicable, certificate of spay or neuter by a licensed veterinarian. The City is not able to issue a license without the rabies certificate.

City License Fees Schedule

Fee TypeCost

Dog and cat licenses may be purchased from the city or authorized designee upon the payment of a license fee as follows (Please contact the City for updated information):


For each unneutered / unspayed dog over 1-year of age


For each unneutered / unspayed cat - any age


For each unneutered / unspayed dog under 1-year of age


For each neutered / spayed dog or cat - any age

New Animal license issued after June 30th of each year are half of the annual license fee within the specified class listed above.N/A

If a person is 65 years of age or over and certifies to Utilities under oath that he or she is over this age and is the owner of the cat or dog to be licensed, his/her license fee will be 50% of the fees.


A duplicate license tag may be obtained upon payment of a replacement fee from Utilities. No person or owner may use any license for any animal other than the animal for which it was issued.


All cat and dog owners shall purchase licenses from January 1st through February 28th after which date a late charge fee will be assessed. The licensing period will be from January 1st through December 31st of each year.


An owner before reclaiming an impounded cat shall pay a fee of $25 plus $10 board fee for each calendar day the animal has been impounded;


An owner before reclaiming an impounded dog shall pay a fee of $25 for the first offense, and $50 for the second offense, and $100 for all subsequent offenses. Impound fees for dogs shall cover a period of 24 hours, after said time period an additional fee of $10 for each calendar day shall be added.


If the impounded animal is unlicensed and its owner has been a resident for over 60 days, the owner shall pay a fine of $25 over and above the impoundment fees. The owner shall be required to license the animal at the time of reclaiming his/her animal.


In addition to the regulations imposed with regard to both potentially dangerous dogs and dangerous dogs, an additional registration fee applies.

Registration of a Dangerous Dog$250
Annual Renewal of a Dangerous Dog$100
Registration of a Potentially Dangerous Dog$150
Annual Renewal of a Potentially Dangerous Dog$50