Alta Dog Program – Licensing

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Dog Licensing in Alta

Any dog found within the boundaries of the Town must be licensed by the Town per Ordinance 5-2-3: Animal Control. Regulations on licensing, renewals, applications, waste disposal, dogs on leash, reporting attacks etc. are also found in the ordinance. All Alta dog licensees shall agree to have read, understand, and willingly abide by these regulations.

The Town is also posting and sharing access to the 1997 FS Special Order regarding prohibited acts on national forest lands in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Alta Temporary Dog Application
Temporary licenses can be requested for 30 days or less.  The application can be submitted no more than 30 days in advance of the initial license request date.  Please time your requests accordingly.  Submit applications to the Deputy Town Clerk at  or at the Town Office in person. There is a $50 fee for 14 days or less and $100 fee for more than 14 days.

Alta Dog Licensing Program
At this time, all of the permanent dog licenses in the Town of Alta are accounted for.  Should the number of licenses change, or a license be forfeited, the Town Council could approve a  lottery.  We advise you to be aware of the eligibility requirements for each license class in advance of a lottery by reviewing the animal licensing section of our ordinances. The opportunity to participate in a lottery will be posted on the Town’s website.  If you would like to be added to a lottery notification list to receive an email about upcoming lotteries, please submit your email to  It’s your responsibility to notify us of changes to your email and make sure to check your junk folder. 

Class Numbers:
Annually, the Town Council reviews the number of dog licenses to be assigned, the fees to be charged, and to authorize a drawing if applicable. For more information about the classes refer to the animal control ordinance.

  • 27 – Class A – resident voter class
  • 44 – Class B – residential or commercial property interest
  • 14 – Class C – commuter class
  • 10 – Class D – temporary class

License Fees:

  • $125 Annual dog license
  • $100 Annual license for spayed or neutered dog
    • no dog will be licensed as spayed or neutered without proof that sterilization was performed
  • $100 Class D temporary dog license (authorization letter) issued for more than 14 days
  • $50 Class D temporary dog license (authorization letter) issued for 14 days or less
  • $25 Watershed tag (one-time fee for annual licenses)

The Mayor shall have discretion to waive fees for Class D licenses in whole or in part for cause shown as the Mayor deems reasonable.