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Intact Permit


Apply for an Intact Permit online  

Print an Intact Permit Application .pdf  

Print an Intact Permit Exemption Application .pdf


Chapter 18, Division 5 of the City of New Orleans Animal Ordinances requires that all dogs older than 6 months in Orleans Parish be spayed/neutered or obtain an Intact Permit. This law was created to help reduce the number of homeless animals in our city. As the City's official animal control agency it is our responsibility to enforce this ordinance.


The choice is yours. If your dog resides in Orleans Parish and is older than 6 months he or she should be spayed/neutered or you may choose to apply for an Intact Permit. The permit is annual. You must submit one renewal application per dog, per year. We know that there will be some scenarios where a dog cannot be spayed/neutered for various medical reasons both short and long-term. If this is the case with your dog, have your veterinarian provide you with proof of the medical condition and submit that documentation with your exemption application. No annual fees will be required if you are approved for an exemption.


How to Apply

Complete an online application for a first time permit or an annual renewal. You will pay for your application online, however you cannot upload the necessary files needed to review your application. Therefore, within 10 working days of submitting the online application, you must send the required documents to the Louisiana SPCA. Failure to do this will void your application and result in fines and loss of application/renewal fees.


You may also apply for an Intact Permit by printing and filling out an Intact Application. Then submit the completed application with all requested documents and payment to the Louisiana SPCA either in-person at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. or by mail. Please make checks payable to Louisiana SPCA and mail to, Louisiana SPCA, Attn: Intact Permit, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70114.


You may also stop by the Louisiana SPCA with your documents and complete the application on site between the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday thru Friday, or between noon to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday.


Necessary documents: 

  • Proof of Vaccinations (Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus)

  • Current City License/Rabies Tag Number

  • Proof of Microchip

  • Current Photo of Dog

  • Copy of Owner's ID


You will receive notice of your dog's status within 30 days. If your application is approved, we will mail your permit to the address on file. If you have been found guilty or have pled No Contest to a Chapter 18 violation with in the past 12 months, your permit will be denied. Permits are non-transferable. Fees are non-refundable. 



Annual renewal fee: $20

Initial application fee: $75

Initial permit fee: $20

Online processing fee: $5

Late Fee, per day: $10

Late fee, after 15 days: $15



Unfortunately, like with any law, there are penalties set forth by the City of New Orleans for those that do not comply with the Intact Permit. 

  • First offense: $100

  • Second offense: $250

  • Third offense: $500 and impound of dog

For questions on the Intact Permit requirements, please call us at 504.368.5191, ext. 100. Our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about this City of New Orleans law. 

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