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Pets add companionship, loyalty, pleasure, and sheer fun to your life. The City of Hopkins regulates pets so that everyone can enjoy animals safely and without annoyance.

Animal license

The City of Hopkins requires that your dog have a license as soon as it is six months old. A dog with a valid license from another jurisdiction must obtain a Hopkins' license within three months. Proof of spaying or neutering, a rabies tag number, and an expiration date of a rabies tag must be shown before a license is issued. Hopkins City Code 925 limits households to two dogs over the age of six months.


Licenses are inexpensive, easy to get, and good for your dog. If your dog is lost, a City license helps to locate the owners. A license also ensures that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies.

License period & pricing

Under no circumstances can the license period extend beyond the expiration date of the rabies vaccination. Exceptions to the license fee will be made for service dogs if proper paperwork is provided.

Spayed or neutered
One year license $12
Two Year license $18
Three year license $22

Not spayed or neutered
One year license $30

Animal Impound

$36 first offense in calendar year
Additional offenses cost the number of offenses x $35

Boarding fee (dogs and cats)



Hopkins Pet Hospital
8870 Excelsior Blvd
Hopkins, MN 55343

All fees must be paid at City Hall before animal(s) can be released.


Pet ordinance

City rules regarding domestic animals can be found under Hopkins City Code 925.

Number limits

You cannot keep more than two dogs or four cats over the age of 6 months. Furthermore, the total number of dogs and cats cannot be more than four.

Restraint requirement

As a pet owner you are required to keep your dog(s) under restraint at all times.

Barking & noise

Any dog which, by any noise, unreasonably disturbs the peace and quiet of any person in the vicinity is considered a nuisance dog. This includes dogs that bark or whine repeatedly over a five-minute period of time.

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