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Deregistering the dog license fee

If you move your principle residence to another municipality or no longer have a dog, then you have to deregister your dog at your previous municipality.

Related forms and processes

Responsible department

the municipal administration/city council (Gemeinde-/Stadtverwaltung) of your previous residence


You can deregister your dog by appearing in person or in writing.

You can use the form "Deregistration of the dog license fee" to deregister your dog. This is available at your municipal offices or, depending on your municipality, is also offered as a download.


Cancellations are regulated in the local dog license by-laws and must be made within a month unless your local authority has set an alternative deadline.

Required documents

  • dog license tag

Ask your local authority whether you have to submit any other documents. 


No fees/charges apply. If you have already paid your dog license fee, a proportionate amount may be returned to you.


When deregistering your dog, you have to return the dog license tag.

Legal basis

§ 9 Kommunalabgabengesetz (KAG) (Gemeindesteuern) in connection with the relevant articles of association of your municipality

Release note

The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Innenministerium released it on 12.05.2016. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.

In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.