Richland residents: Don’t worry about licensing your pets

Richland residents: Don’t worry about licensing your pets
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Richland residents no longer have to register and license their pets.

The city’s Municipal Code Chapter 7.03 has been amended to remove the dog and cat licensing requirement. The city’s decision is the result of a cost benefit analysis approved by city councilmembers at their June 18th meeting.

According to projections conducted by city staff, compliance with the animal licensing requirement is very low and has continued to decline over the past five years, even as the city grows in population. Additionally, the costs to administer the licensing program have continued to increase.

Councilmembers agreed that the cost and regulatory burden of enforcing animal licensing in Richland currently outweighs any benefit provided. According to the analysis, the net effect of terminating the animal licensing program will be minimal because program expenses were more or less equivalent to incoming revenue.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, contact the city via email at customerservice@ci.richland.wa.us.

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