To obtain a license, owners must provide proof of a current rabies vaccination for the animal, and the pet must wear a current license tag at all times. Licensing helps prevent against rabies outbreaks, and more importantly, increases the chance that you will be reunited in the unfortunate event your pet is lost. When you license your pet, your contact information is kept on file with the licensor, allowing them to contact you if your pet is taken to an animal care facility.
Applications & Discounts
License applications are available online, at American Boarding Kennels (1102 Highway 13 E.), the Burnsville Police Department, and area veterinarians.
The City of Burnsville begins issuing two-year animal licenses in January of even-numbered years and licenses expire on December 31 of odd-numbered years. For example, a license obtained January 15, 2012 will expire December 31, 2013. Discounts on license fees are offered to owners who have their pet spayed or neutered. A two-year license is $20-spayed/neutered, or $30-non-spayed/neutered.
Click here to download a dog, cat or ferret license application.
If you have questions on animal control issues or to report a stray cat or dog problem, please contact the Burnsville Animal Control Office at American Boarding Kennels, 1102 East Highway 13 or 952-894-DOGS (3647).
Impounded pets are available for pick-up at American Boarding Kennels Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
As a reminder, no animals are allowed to "run at large". All animals, including both dogs and cats, must be kept under restraint at all times. Restraint is defined as on a leash or otherwise physically controlled by a human when it is not on the owner's property or other property by permission. Pet owners are encouraged to keep their pets on their own property by using suitable fencing, kennels, pens, well-secured leashes or chains.
Owners are required to prevent their animals from being a nuisance to others. This includes both dogs and cats. A nuisance can be habitual or frequent animal noises such as barking, crying or howling, fighting with other animals, killing wildlife, or damaging or destroying public or private property.