Sections 18-305 et seq. of the New Orleans Code of Ordinances require all residents in Orleans Parish with an intact dog, a dog that has not been spayed or neutered/fixed, to do one of the following:

  • Purchase an Intact Dog Permit (Renewed annually; 1 per dog)
  • Apply for an Intact Dog Permit Exemption
  • Spay/Neuter their dog
  • Pay a fine of up to $100 for non-compliance 

If you choose to apply for the Intact Dog Permit, please follow these simple steps:

Fill out the Intact Permit application and submit $95 for each application to the Louisiana SPCA.  Every dog must have an individual application and permit.  You will receive your permit, if approved, within 30 days. This permit must be renewed annually from the issue date for $20.

Download the Intact Dog Permit Application here.

Fax to 504-368-3710 attn: Intact Dog Permit or mail to 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd New Orleans, LA 70114 attn: Intact Dog Permit or submit in person at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd New Orleans, LA 70114.

If your dog qualifies for an Intact Dog Permit Exemption, please follow these simple steps:

Who qualifies for an exemption: If a veterinarian can certify that there are medical reasons for not spaying or neutering the dog, the dog may qualify for exemption.  Some reasons could include: the dog has a heart problem, seizures, cancer, is undergoing heartworm treatment, or is too old/too young.  Temporary conditions must also apply for exemption and are required to list the date the condition will be resolved, or the date the owner will apply for an intact permit.

Fill out the Intact Dog Permit exemption application and submit $75 for each application to the Louisiana SPCA. Every dog must have an individual application. You will receive notice of your exemption within 30 days. No further fee will be required if you are approved for an exemption.

Download the Intact Dog Permit Exemption Application here.

Fax to 504-368-3710 attn: Intact Dog Permit or mail to 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd New Orleans, LA 70114 attn: Intact Dog Permit or submit in person at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd New Orleans, LA 70114.

If you choose to spay or neuter your dog the Louisiana SPCA provides low cost services. Please click here to find out more.

Consequences for Non-compliance and Negligence of this Ordinance:

If you do not receive a permit by October 1, 2010 you will be fined up to $100.

First Offense $100; Second Offense $250; Third Offense $500 and impound of dog.

Common Questions and Recommendations:

1. Who needs to apply for a permit?
      Owners of dogs that are not spayed or neutered who reside in Orleans Parish.

2. What proof does a dog owner need to demonstrate that the dog is altered?
      An invoice from the veterinarian showing the date of the spay/neuter surgery is sufficient.  Or documentation from a current veterinarian indicating the dog has been spayed or neutered if invoice is not available.  Documentation must include veterinarian license number and signature of veterinarian.

3. Who does not need to apply for the permit?
      Owners of dogs who are spayed or neutered, and owners of puppies who are under 6 months old.

4.  What are reasons why an owner of an intact dog might apply for exemption?
      If a veterinarian can certify that there are medical reasons for not spaying or neutering the dog, the dog may qualify for exemption.  Some reasons could include: the dog has a heart problem, seizures, cancer, is undergoing heartworm treatment, or is too old/too young.  Temporary conditions must also apply for exemption and are required to list the date the condition will be resolved, or the date the owner will apply for an intact permit.

5. What is required in the letter from the veterinarian to certify that the client is eligible for an exemption?
      The letter should be on Veterinarian Clinic Letterhead, and include all of the following:

  • Veterinarian Name
  • Veterinarian Louisiana License number
  • Name of dog
  • Medical reason why the dog can not be altered at this time
  • Future date when dog can be altered or owner can apply for permit
  • Veterinarian's Signature

6. Can a veterinarian provide a letter of exemption for show dogs, hunting dogs, or breeding dogs?
      No.  These dogs do not have medical conditions that prevent spaying or neutering.  The owners of these dogs are required to apply for and maintain an intact dog permit.

7. What does the intact permit cost?
      The application fee is $75 per application and the permit fee is $20 per year, per dog.  The exemption application fee is $75 and there is no permit fee for an exemption.

8. If you need assistance for financial reasons, what are the options?
      We encourage veterinarians to provide reduced cost options, however we know this is not always feasible.  Several clinics around the city have subsidized programs specifically for spay/neuter services.  We encourage these pet owners to call clinics currently providing low cost spay/neuter services.

You may  view the Intact Dog Permit requirements in the New Orleans Code of Ordinances here.  For questions on the Intact Dog Permit requirements, please call the LA/SPCA at 504-368-5191 ext 100.

1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.,  New Orleans, LA 70114  |  Phone: 504.368.5191  -  Fax: 504.368.3710  |  Copyright 2009  -  All Rights Reserved
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