Permits and Licensing

Animal Licensing


Did you know...all dogs, cats and ferrets in Nassau County must have a current rabies vaccination and license by the age of four (4) months and annually thereafter?

We are frequently asked, "So why should I license my pet?" First of all, it is immediate visual proof that your pet is currently vaccinated against rabies. Because rabies is prevalent in our area, we want to make sure your animal is protected.

Secondly, if your pet gets lost and is wearing a license tag, our staff can immediately contact you to let you know your pet has been found. In other words,

"A license is a phone call home for a pet without a cell phone!"

County Ordinance 6-42: "Any person owning, keeping, harboring, or having custody of a dog, cat, or ferret four (4) months of age or older within this county must secure a county license from a veterinarian or from the county animal control facility and, as a part of such license, shall show proof of a current rabies vaccination which shall have been administered by a veterinarian."

You can purchase a pet license in person at the Animal Shelter Tuesday - Saturday, excluding major holidays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may also purchase by mail by completing the license application, enclosing proof of rabies vaccination, proof of spay/neuter surgery, if applicable and a check or money order for the license.

Nassau County Animal Services
86078 License Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Contact the Main Office at 904-530-6150 if you have any questions.

The fees for a pet license are:

  • Unneutered male or unspayed female dog, cat or ferret - 1 year License: $23.00
  • Unneutered male or unspayed female dog, cat or ferret - 3 year License: $69.00
  • Neutered male or spayed female dog, cat or ferret - 1 year License: $10.00
  • Neutered male or spayed female dog, cat or ferret - 3 year License: $20.00

Horse Trailer Permits

Trailers and other conveyances that carry horses, ponies, burros and any other animal of an equine nature at Peters Point Beach Front Park must be issued a permit.

The parking and loading/unloading of horse trailers for beach access is only allowed at Peters Point Beach Front Park.

You may purchase your permit in person at the Animal Shelter Tuesday - Saturday, excluding major holidays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may also purchase your permit via mail by completing either of the following applications: County Resident/Non-Resident Application or Commercial Permit Application. Please enclose a copy of your driver's license and trailer registration along with a check or money order.

The fees are as follows:

  • Nassau County Residents: $0.00
  • Non-County Residents: $40.00/year
  • Commercial Use: $80.00/year

Other Permits 

Breeder Permit Application

Riding School/Stable Permit Application

Kennel/Cattery less than 10 Permit Application

Kennel/Cattery/Boarding 10-49 Permit Application

Dog Trainer Permit Application

Grooming Shop Permit Application

Pet Shop Permit Application