Register of pets and wild animals in captivity

What do you need to know?

If you have a pet, you must register it in the register of pets and wild animals in captivity.

This is a compulsory formality for owners of dogs, cats, ferrets and other wild animals in captivity.


Prior to registration, the animal must meet the entry requirements, such as electronic identification with an approved microchip and obtaining the health document provided by vets in the animal's owner’s country of origin.

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.

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

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

What is the purpose of this authorisation?

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

What requirements must I meet?

  1. Requirements for the animal's owner
    • It must be identified with a microchip or tattoo.
    • It must have an identity document, provided by the vet implanting the microchip.
  2. Requirements for the animal
    • You must be 16 years of age or older.
    • You must be registered on the municipal register of residents.

What does this formality cost?

The FEE is €38, if you do not meet the requirements for exemption.

How long is this formality valid for?

This formality DOES NOT EXPIRE.

What advice and suggestions could help me?

  • 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.
  • You must register your pet within three months of birth or 30 days of purchase.
  • 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 Plaza de Sant Miquel has an in-person service in the following languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Arabic, Urdu and sign language. Opening hours are Mondays to Saturdays, 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except in August, when Saturday opening hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

How is it processed?

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.

Common requirements for all processes

Necessary documentation and information

  • 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.
  • The animal's year of birth.
  • Date when 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.

Steps necessary for processing

  • Once you have gathered the required documentation, pay the relevant fee (if you are not exempt from paying it).
  • Request an appointment on the Barcelona City Council appointment portal.
  • Go to the place indicated and present 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.

Steps necessary for online processing

Once you have gathered the documentation, fill in the form. You must go to the application form, fill it in, confirm the details and print it (form available in Catalan and Spanish).


Steps necessary for telephone processing

Once you have gathered the documentation, call and provide the details.

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

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


Steps necessary for in person processing

Once you have gathered the documentation and requested an appointment on the Barcelona City Council appointment portal, go to your chosen citizens information office:

Want to know more?

What other important linked formalities should I 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:


The procedures tend to change frequently. Therefore, only what is provided by the regulations in force at the time of carrying out the procedure in question is applicable.