Unlike living in a residence hall, certain off-campus living communities permit pets. Depending on the type of facility that you are living in, the ability to have pets will vary. You should check with your landlord or management company to see if pets are allowed.


As a measure of public safety, all dogs in the District of Columbia must be registered through the Division of Animal Disease Prevention in the Environmental Health Administration of the Department of Health. The District of Columbia Code addresses the timeframe for registration of dogs in the following section:

An owner who has a dog over the age of 4 months shall before July 1st of each year, or within 10 days of acquiring the dog, or within 10 days after the dog becomes 4 months of age, obtain an annual license. An owner shall ensure that his dog wears a collar and a license.

D.C. Code S 8-1804 Licenses and Fees

In order to register a dog, the owner must have the following items:

  • A completed application with current information
  • Proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations
  • Proof of sterilization


  • $13.00 for a male dog certified neutered
  • $13.00 for a female dog certified spayed
  • $46.00 for all other dogs

In order to keep your community enjoyable for all and to support a clean city, note that it is the owner's responsibility to clean up (scoop up) after their pets.

For more information about the registration of dogs or to submit an application for processing, contact the following office:

Department of Health
Division of Animal Disease Prevention
51 N Street, NEĀ 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 535-2323
Fax: (202) 535-2325