Animal Control

The mission of the Animal Control Unit is to provide service to the residents of the City of Lynnwood by actively patrolling the City to regulate, educate and enforce situations involving animal behavior, care and licensing.

Although the unit's primary function relates to animal regulations and welfare, it also serves a variety of police service functions including directing traffic at collision scenes, parking enforcement and certain code compliance problems such as abandoned vehicles, hulk inspections and VIN verifications on impounded vehicles.

Additional Information
Listed below is a synopsis of the Lynnwood Animal Laws that apply to most pet owners. For more information on these and other animal control laws, please contact Animal Control or the Lynnwood Police Department.

Every dog and cat six months old or older must be licensed and must wear the license tag on its collar or harness. Licenses are valid for one year from issuance date. The City of Lynnwood encourages responsible pet ownership and tiers the license fees to encourage spaying or neutering and microchip implants to assist in returning lost pets. Listed below are the license fees:

Dogs or Cats
Male or Female = $40.00; annual from date of purchase
Neutered or spayed = $20.00; annual from date of purchase (must bring proof of such to LPD).
Neutered/Spayed and Microchipped = $10.00; annual from date of purchase (must bring proof of such to LPD).

For more information about obtaining a pet license, please call the Police Department Front Desk:  425-670-5600  or Animal Control at  425-670-5660

Dangerous Dogs
If your dog bites someone, approaches and chases people or inflicts severe damage, it can be declared a dangerous dog and subject to confiscation, or you will be required to meet confinement regulations. A dangerous dog must be registered with the City Clerk each year. If you have any questions, please contact Animal Control at  425-670-5660 .

Number Allowed
You may have a maximum of three dogs and/or cats over six months of age on premises in the City.

Reasons for Impound 
Animal running at large and/or no license
Dangerous dogs
At large
If your animal is off your property and not under your immediate control by means of a leash, cord or chain no longer than eight feet, it is considered "at large."

Animal Bites
If your animal bites someone, breaking the skin of that person, you MUST report this to Animal Control at 911 and the animal must be quarantined for 10 days, either at the owner's residence or at a shelter at the owner's expense.

It is unlawful to own or keep an animal which unreasonably annoys or disturbs others with frequent or habitual howling, yelping, or crying.

It is unlawful for any person to knowingly subject any animal to inhumane treatment.

Dog in Heat
It is unlawful for the owner or person in charge of any dog in heat to keep such a dog in a fashion where it is accessible to male dogs.

The Nuisance ordinance applies to pets and their owners as follows:

Excessive or untimely barking
Molesting passersby
Chasing vehicles
Attacking other domestic animals
Depositing excretory matter on property
Running at large
When a licensed animal is impounded, the officer shall make every attempt to notify the owner of the impound and the reason for the impoundment. However, if you find your pet missing, it is your obligation to ascertain the location of your pet. While every effort is made to notify owners of impounded animals, it remains the responsibility of the owner to locate missing pets.

Animals Prohibited in Lynnwood
Mink, goats, foxes, and hogs may not be kept within the city limits.

Dogs and cats are welcome in all city parks with the exception of the Meadowdale Playfields and Lynnwood Athletic Complex. All animals must be on a leash and you are required to promptly clean up any waste left by your pet.

Be Considerate of Others
You are responsible for your pet at all times and you are required by ordinance to promptly remove any waste products left by your pet on public or private property. Always remember, children could be playing in the same area.

City ordinance requires a minimum of 20,000 square feet per animal and fencing of a type and size as to prevent encroachment on adjacent property. A building for housing animals shall be provided with a minimum of 200 and a maximum of 250 square feet. The building must be 25 feet from the property line.

How You Can Help

Abide by the law - license your pet, attach license to collar, keep it off streets and provide proper food, water, care and, most of all, love.
Don't allow your animals to have unwanted litters. Spay or neuter your pet(s).
Don't let your pet bother your neighbors by barking or being a nuisance.
Remove waste products quickly and prevent health hazards.