Dog Enforcement


  • Dogs over three months of age are required to be licensed by January 1 of each year (Pennsylvania State Dog Law).
  • Applications for a license are available in the Finance Department until October of each year.
  • Fees apply:
    • License fees are $6.95 for spayed or neutered dogs and $8.95 for all other dogs.
    • Senior citizens are charged $4.95 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.95 for all other dogs.
    • Lifetime licenses are available from the Centre County Treasurer’s office in Bellefonte. If you have any questions about the license application, please call (814) 355-6810.


  • All dogs are required to have current rabies vaccinations.
  • In the instance of a biting incident, proof of these vaccinations may be required by an Ordinance Enforcement Officer.


  • Dogs that bark continuously are considered to be a nuisance and may be reported to the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at (814) 234-7191. To be a nuisance, the dog must bark continuously for at least 10 minutes in an hour.
  • All dogs are required to be on a leash when off the owner’s or keeper’s property.
  • Dogs off the owner’s/keeper’s property and not on a leash are considered to be at large and the owner/keeper is subject to a fine as provided by law.
  • Dog owners/keepers are required to clean up after their dog and any accumulation of excrement is considered a public health hazard and must be removed and properly disposed of.

Additional Services

If your dog gets loose or is lost in the Borough of State College or in College Township, you may ask the Ordinance Enforcement Officer to watch for and return it. Contact an officer at (814) 234-7191 or, after hours, call the Police at (814) 234-7150. To report a found dog, use these same telephone numbers.

More Information

For more information, review the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services by phone at (814) 234-7191 or via email. The Division can be contacted Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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