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Updated: 06/2018

Registration of pets on the municipal register

Vocabulary
  • What do you need to know?
  • What do you need to do?

The FEE is € 38 (there are some exemptions from payment)

IT DOES NOT EXPIRE

Animals must be registered when they are 3 MONTHS OLD, OR 1 MONTH AFTER ACQUIRING THEM​

It can be processed IN PERSON, ONLINE OR BY TELEPHONE​

What is it?

It is a compulsory formality that must be completed by owners of dogs, cats, ferrets and other wild animals in captivity, to register them in the register of pets and wild animals in captivity.

Important information

Prior to registration, the animal must fulfil the admission requirements, such as electronic identification with an approved microchip and obtaining the health document provided by vets in the animal owner’s country of origin. (note: the link to the relevant document is attached).

Remember that the registration details must be updated when the animal changes address, and it must be deregistered in the event of its death.

Furthermore, when in public spaces, animals must have an identity disc on their collar, which must show the animal's name and the details of the person responsible for it.

If you own a dog which is considered to be potentially dangerous, you also need to obtain the licence to own potentially dangerous dogs.

You can also consult the city council formalities website (available in Catalan and Spanish).

Why is it important to apply for it?

It is compulsory to register pets in order to encourage responsible ownership and prevent loss and abandonment.

It is also an important formality because:

  • In the event of loss or theft, the procedures for recovering the animal are made easier.
  • A lost animal can be returned directly by the person finding it.
  • Barcelona Pet Shelter can immediately contact owners of lost animals which have been identified.
Who does it apply to?

It is aimed at all owners of pets and wild animals in captivity.

Who should apply for it?

The animal's owner, who must be of legal age, or a duly accredited representative, must submit the application.

What requirements must be met?
Requirements for the animal's owner
  • You must be of legal age.
  • You must be registered on the municipal register of residents.
Requirements for the animal
  • It must be identified with a microchip or tattoo.
  • It must have an identity document, provided by the vet implanting the microchip.
Which body is responsible for the formality?

Barcelona City Council - Ecology, Planning and Mobility 

What advice and suggestions could help you?
  • The following will be exempt from paying the fee:
    • Individuals with a visual disability who have a guide dog.
    • Individuals who have the Pink Card (“Tarjeta Rosa”), at either the free-of-charge or the reduced-rate level.
    • Individuals who can prove that they have a family income which is under the minimum wage.
    • Individuals who can prove that the animals are identified with a microchip.
    • In accordance with the exemption criteria, it is advisable to microchip the animals to get exemption from paying the fee.
    • Individuals exempt from the fee still have to submit the payment form, even though the amount payable is € 0.
    • In the event that an animal is lost, the city council must be notified within 48 hours. If it has been stolen, it must also be reported to the police.
    • If you change address, or the animal dies, you must notify the city council where it is registered within 30 days. If you change address to a different municipal district, you must re-register it.
    • You must also obtain the licence to own potentially dangerous dogs. Dangerous dog breeds must have civil liability insurance and a municipal licence, and when they are in public spaces they must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.
    • The Citizens Information Office in Plaça Sant Miquel offers a personal service in the following languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Arabic, Urdu and sign language. Opening hours are from Monday to Saturday, 8:30 am - 8 pm (except in August, when Saturday opening hours are 9 am - 2 pm).
What other linked formalities should you know about?

If you own an animal which is considered to be potentially dangerous, apart from registering it in the pets register, you must also obtain a:

What do you need to do?

You can register animals in the pets register by going to the citizens information office in your district. Nevertheless, you can get the fee payment form and start the process over the Internet (online and without a digital certificate), by telephone or in person, so the process varies. Select the channel that seems most suitable for you and see the steps you need to take.

Online
Telephone
In person

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Fill in the form and gather the documentation

You need to access the application form, fill it in, confirm the details and print it.

The application form is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

Before starting the application, find out about and prepare the documentation that will be requested. 

Documentation
  • Form for the registration of pets and wild animals in captivity
  • Proof of payment of the fee
  • Photocopy of the DNI, passport or resident's permit of the animal's owner.
  • Photocopy of the document proving the animal's identity.
Details you should have to hand when you apply
  • The animal's year of birth
  • Date on which the vet microchipped the animal. This is shown on the “Identification sheet” which the vet gives you when microchipping.
  • Microchip number
    • This is a label stuck to the animal's health card and on the “Identification sheet” which the vet gives you when microchipping.
Documentation needed if the application is made by an authorised person
  • Authorisation signed by the owner.
  • DNI, passport or resident's permit of the authorised person.
Documentation needed for individuals with the right to exemption from paying the fee (as appropriate)
  • Photocopy of proof of the microchip, or photocopy of the health card, with the animal's and the owner’s details.
    • Animal's details: name, breed, sex, date of birth and microchip code.
    • Owner’s details: name, surnames, DNI, e-mail address and telephone numbers.
  • Depending on the case:
    • Photocopy of the certification of visual impairment.
    • Photocopy of the Pink Card (Tarjeta Rosa).
    • Photocopy of the proof of family income being lower than the minimum wage.
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Pay the relevant fee (if you are not exempt from paying it)

You can pay the fee at any of the collaborating banks shown on the payment form.

Choose the payment method and print the documents that appear.

The fee only has to paid once during the animal´s lifetime and it costs € 38.

If you are exempt from the fee you still have to submit the payment form, even though the amount payable is € 0. Therefore, in this case you can make an appointment directly.

The following will be exempt from paying the fee:

  • Individuals with a visual disability who have a guide dog.
  • Individuals who have the Pink Card (“Tarjeta Rosa”), at either the free-of-charge or the reduced-rate level.
  • Individuals who can prove that they have a family income which is under the minimum wage.
  • Individuals who can prove that the animals are identified with a microchip.
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Make an appointment beforehand

To register animals and submit all the documentation needed, you need to make an appointment at any citizens information office. To do so, go to the City of Barcelona Appointments portal.

You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Fill in the form and gather the documentation > Documentation).

Access to request an appointment beforehand is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

To request an appointment, you need to choose the most suitable office for you:

Places where you can complete the formality

 

  • Citizens Information Office in the Plaza de Sant Miquel
  • Ciutat Vella District Citizens Information Office
  • L’Eixample District Citizens Information Office
  • Sants-Montjuic District Citizens Information Office
  • La Marina Citizens Information Office
  • Les Corts District Citizens Information Office
  • Sarrià-Sant Gervasi District Citizens Information Office
  • Gràcia District Citizens Information Office
  • Horta-Guinardó District Citizens Information Office
  • Nou Barris District Citizens Information Office
  • Zona Nord Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Andreu District Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Martí District Citizens Information Office

 

If you want to avoid travelling, you can send the payment form by post to the city council. You can also send the documentation required by the Barcelona Animal Protection Office.

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Go to the place indicated and hand over the documentation required. Registration is done on the spot

On the day of the appointment, go to the place indicated and submit the Copy for the city council of the payment form and the documentation required to register your pet.

You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Fill in the form and gather the documentation > Documentation).

Once the documentation submitted has been approved, the animals’ registration is done on the spot.

You need to keep the Owner’s copy of the payment form to prove registration.

Remember that, if you have a potentially dangerous dog, you also need to get the licence to own potentially dangerous dogs.

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Call, give the details and gather the documentation

If you call from the city of Barcelona, call 010. During the same call, you will need to provide the details of the owner and the animal.

 

Information and processing telephone: 010

The telephone service is available in English, French, Catalan and Spanish.

Before starting the application, find out about and prepare the documentation that will be requested.

Documentation
  • Form for the registration of pets and wild animals in captivity
  • Proof of payment of the fee
  • Photocopy of the DNI, passport or resident's permit of the animal's owner.
  • Photocopy of the document proving the animal's identity.
Details you should have to hand when you apply
  • The animal's year of birth
  • Date on which the vet microchipped the animal. This is shown on the “Identification sheet” which the vet gives you when microchipping.
  • Microchip number
    • This is a label stuck to the animal's health card and on the “Identification sheet” which the vet gives you when microchipping.
Documentation needed if the application is made by an authorised person
  • Authorisation signed by the owner.
  • DNI, passport or resident's permit of the authorised person.
Documentation needed for individuals with the right to exemption from paying the fee (as appropriate)
  • Photocopy of proof of the microchip, or photocopy of the health card, with the animal's and the owner’s details.
    • Animal's details: name, breed, sex, date of birth and microchip code.
    • Owner’s details: name, surnames, DNI, e-mail address and telephone numbers.
  • Depending on the case:
    • Photocopy of the certification of visual impairment.
    • Photocopy of the Pink Card (Tarjeta Rosa).
    • Photocopy of the proof of family income being lower than the minimum wage
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You will receive the payment form by post

You will receive the payment form, already filled in, by ordinary post so that you can register pets.

You need to sign the printed payment document.

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Pay the fee (if you are not exempt from paying it)

You can pay the fee at any of the collaborating banks shown on the payment form.

Choose the payment method and print the documents that appear.

The fee only has to paid once during the animal´s lifetime and it costs € 38.

If you are exempt from the fee you still have to submit the payment form, even though the amount payable is € 0. Therefore, in this case you can make an appointment directly.

The following will be exempt from paying the fee:

  • Individuals with a visual disability who have a guide dog.
  • Individuals who have the Pink Card (“Tarjeta Rosa”), at either the free-of-charge or the reduced-rate level.
  • Individuals who can prove that they have a family income which is under the minimum wage.
  • Individuals who can prove that the animals are identified with a microchip.
Next
Make an appointment beforehand

To register animals and submit all the documentation needed, you need to make an appointment at any citizens information office. To do so, go to the City of Barcelona Appointments portal 

You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Call, provide the details and gather the documentation > Documentation).

Access to request an appointment beforehand is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

To request an appointment, you need to choose the most suitable office for you:

Places where you can complete the formality

 

  • Citizens Information Office in the Plaza de Sant Miquel
  • Ciutat Vella District Citizens Information Office
  • L’Eixample District Citizens Information Office
  • Sants-Montjuic District Citizens Information Office
  • La Marina Citizens Information Office
  • Les Corts District Citizens Information Office
  • Sarrià-Sant Gervasi District Citizens Information Office
  • Gràcia District Citizens Information Office
  • Horta-Guinardó District Citizens Information Office
  • Nou Barris District Citizens Information Office
  • Zona Nord Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Andreu District Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Martí District Citizens Information Office

 

If you want to avoid travelling, you can send the payment form by post to the city council. You can also send the documentation required by the Barcelona Animal Protection Office.

Next
Go to the place indicated and hand over the documentation required. Registration is done on the spot

On the day of the appointment, go to the place indicated and submit the Copy for the city council of the payment form and the documentation required to register your pet.

You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Call, provide the details and gather the documentation > Documentation).

Once the documentation submitted has been approved, the animals’ registration is done on the spot.

You need to keep the Owner’s copy of the payment form to prove registration.

Remember that, if you have a potentially dangerous dog, you also need to get the licence to own potentially dangerous dogs.

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Make an appointment beforehand and gather the documentation

To obtain the application and the payment form to register animals , you need to make an appointment at any citizen help and information office. To do so, go to the City of Barcelona Appointments portal

Access to request an appointment beforehand is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

To request an appointment, you need to choose the most suitable office for you:

Places where you can complete the formality

 

  • Citizens Information Office in the Plaza de Sant Miquel
  • Ciutat Vella District Citizens Information Office
  • L’Eixample District Citizens Information Office
  • Sants-Montjuic District Citizens Information Office
  • La Marina Citizens Information Office
  • Les Corts District Citizens Information Office
  • Sarrià-Sant Gervasi District Citizens Information Office
  • Gràcia District Citizens Information Office
  • Horta-Guinardó District Citizens Information Office
  • Nou Barris District Citizens Information Office
  • Zona Nord Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Andreu District Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Martí District Citizens Information Office

Before starting the application, find out about and prepare the documentation that will be requested.

Documentation
  • Form for the registration of pets and wild animals in captivity.
  • Proof of payment of the fee.
  • Photocopy of the DNI, passport or resident's permit of the animal's owner.
  • Photocopy of the document proving the animal's identity.
Details you should have to hand when you apply
  • The animal's year of birth.
  • Date on which the vet microchipped the animal. This is shown on the “Identification sheet” which the vet gives you when microchipping.
  • Microchip number.
    • This is a label stuck to the animal's health card and on the “Identification sheet” which the vet gives you when microchipping.
Documentation needed if the application is made by an authorised person
  • Authorisation signed by the owner.
  • DNI, passport or resident's permit of the authorised person.
Documentation needed for individuals with the right to exemption from paying the fee (as appropriate)
  • Photocopy of proof of the microchip, or photocopy of the health card, with the animal's and the owner’s details.
    • Animal's details: name, breed, sex, date of birth and microchip code.
    • Owner’s details: name, surnames, DNI, e-mail address and telephone numbers.
  • Depending on the case:
    • Photocopy of the certification of visual impairment.
    • Photocopy of the Pink Card (Tarjeta Rosa).
    • Photocopy of the proof of family income being lower than the minimum wage.
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Go to the place indicated and request the payment form

On the day of the appointment, go to the place indicated, request the payment form for the fee for registering pets and the officials will help you make payment.

You need to provide your details and those of your pet and sign the forms.

  • If you are exempt from paying the fee, you do not need to do anything further. Therefore, while at the appointment, you need to hand over the Copy for the city council of the payment form (even if the amount is 0), along with the documentation required.
    You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Request appointment and gather documentation > Documentation).
    Once the documentation is validated, the animal will be registered. You will be given a copy of the payment form. Therefore, you do not need to do anything further.
    • The following are exempt from paying the fee:
      • Individuals with a visual disability who have a guide dog.
      • Individuals who have the Pink Card (“Tarjeta Rosa”), at either the free-of-charge or the reduced-rate level.
      • Individuals who can prove that they have a family income which is under the minimum wage.
      • Individuals who can prove that the animals are identified with a microchip.
  • Otherwise, you have to pay the fee and return to the office afterwards to hand over all the documentation.
Next
Pay the fee (if you are not exempt from paying it)

If you are not exempt from paying the fee, you can pay it at any of the collaborating banks shown on the payment form.

Choose the payment method and print the documents that appear.

The fee only has to paid once during the animal´s lifetime and is € 38.

Next
Make an appointment beforehand (if you are not exempt from paying)

After paying the fee, you need to make another appointment to go to the citizens information office to submit all the documentation required and hand over the Copy for the city council of the payment form. 

You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Request appointment and gather documentation > Documentation). You can also find the offices where you can complete the formality in this section.

If you want to avoid travelling, you can send the payment form by post to the city council. You can also send the documentation required by the Barcelona Animal Protection Office.

Access to request an appointment beforehand is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

Next
Go to the place indicated and hand over the documentation required. Registration is done on the spot

On the day of the appointment, go to the place indicated and submit the Copy for the city council of the payment form and the documentation required to register your pet.

You can check the documentation needed in the first stage of the process (1. Request appointment and gather documentation > Documentation).

Once the documentation submitted has been approved, the animals’ registration is done on the spot.

You need to keep the Copy of the payment form to prove registration.

Remember that, if you have a potentially dangerous dog, you also need to get the licence to own potentially dangerous dogs.

Important information

Formalities tend to change fairly frequently. That is why it is only the regulations in force that apply when you carry out the formality in question.