Dog Licensing Information


The City of Bella Vista requires that all dogs three months of age or older be licensed annually. For any dog brought into the city, the owner shall, within thirty days, have the dog licensed by paying the applicable license fee. Licenses issued shall be valid for one year, with the option to pay for three years at a time, with proper proof of rabies vaccination. The owner shall have ten days from the date of expiration of a license to obtain a new license without penalty. For all related animal control regulations please see Ordinance No. 2008-01.


We use dog licensing records to identify owners of dogs that are picked up by animal control, in order to return dogs home instead of taking them to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter. The license also enables us to know that the dog has been vaccinated for rabies.


Spayed or Neutered – $10.00 annually
Dogs Not Spayed or Neutered – $20.00 annually

Rabies vaccination is required prior to licensing and proof (certificate or history from veterinarian) must be shown. Vaccinations must be administered by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with Arkansas law.

You may obtain dog licenses at City Hall, 101 Town Center, 479-876-1255.

You may mail in the dog license application. Proof of rabies vaccination and application fee must be included with the application form. The tag and license will be mailed to you.

If you have a change in status or ownership of a dog, please notify the city by using this form.


No person owning, possessing, keeping, or otherwise responsible for a dog or cat shall allow it to run at large.

It shall be unlawful for the owner, possessor, or person otherwise responsible for a dog to allow it to defecate on property of a person other than the owner, possessor, keeper or person responsible for the dog, without immediately removing the waste from the property.

Ord. 2008-01 – Animal Control