Dog registration requirements in Beijing

registration license

A Beijing Dog License issued by the Public Security Bureau (PSB).

All dogs are required to be registered by law in Beijing. Owners are strongly advised to REGISTER THEIR DOGS immediately if this has not been done yet. There are ongoing rounds of enforcement by the police. These enforcement rounds are part of the government’s efforts to regulate dog ownership to ensure public health. Enforcement has become more regular throughout the year but is normally stepped-up before major holidays (e.g., National Day, Chinese New Year, May Labor Day, etc.).

During these rounds of enforcement, the police will be looking for:

1) All unregistered dogs; and

2) Large dogs living within the 8 districts of “strict enforcement of dog ownership regulations” (e.g., within 5th ring road).


If you live within the districts of Chaoyang, Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu, Haidian, Fengtai, and Shijingshan, you must register your dog at your local police precinct (pai chu suo). Ask your management company or landlord or neighbors which “pai chu suo” oversees your neighborhood. Dogs residing and registered within these 8 districts may not be taller than 35-cm from ground to shoulder.

Only ONE DOG may be registered to each HOUSEHOLD address, with the dog usually under 35-cms (measured from ground to shoulder). There have been some dogs that are slightly taller than 35-cms that have still been approved and given registration licenses (e.g., up to 50-cms or more such as Akitas, Beagles, Maltese, Poodles, Cockers, Bichon Frise, Bull dogs, Schnauzers, assorted Terriers, Shelties, Shiba Inus, small mixed breeds, etc.). What the police may not allow are large dogs such as Collies, Dalmatians, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, Huskies, Irish Setters, Labradors, Landseers, Labradoodles, Malamutes, Rottweilers, St. Bernards, Tibetan Mastiffs, etc. These are all classified as large dogs and are not allowed to be owned/registered within the 8 districts roughly clustered within the 5th ring road.


Each dog is registered to a HOUSEHOLD address (e.g., address on lease contract or property deed), NOT to an INDIVIDUAL (e.g., passport holder).

If you own two dogs then you may need to find a relative or friend who will permit you to register your second dog using their household address. Please ensure this second household address does not have a dog already registered.

For owners who have “large” dogs within 5th ring road, it is recommended to have another property address outside 5th ring road where you may register your dog. Make sure this property address outside the 5th ring road is approved by the PSB for registering large dogs.


When going to the “pai chu suo,” to register your dog, you may need to bring the following:

  1. Your dog – police may want to see the dog on the initial visit, but this seems to depend on each individual “pai chu suo.” Visit your pai chu suo in advance to inquire if you must bring your dog at the time of initial registration.
  2. Two photos of your dog (one-inch passport size). Must be a head shot from the front.
  3. Your original ID: shen fen zheng, passport, foreigner household registration document (obtained from PSB and usually needed to extend your China visa), etc.
  4. Your LEASE for your rented apartment or your property title document if you own your home (remember, dogs are registered to the HOUSEHOLD address NOT to the passport of the owner)
  5. Permission from your neighborhood watch committee – “Ju Wei Hui”
  6. CASH – Initial registration fee within the 8 major districts is RMB 1,000.00. Annual registration renewal thereafter is RMB 500.00. Fees may be lower in areas outside of the 8 districts.

If your dog is NOT YET REGISTERED and you are also planning on neutering/spaying him/her, then you may be entitled to a 50% discount on the initial registration fee if you provide proof to the police station that your dog has been neutered/spayed by a legally registered and licensed ANIMAL HOSPITAL in Beijing.

The International Center for Veterinary Services is a legally registered and fully licensed animal hospital that is authorized to perform neuter/spay surgeries and to provide the official neuter/spay certificates. Owners may present these official neuter/spay certificates as proof to the police station. With these neuter/spay certificates, owners are entitled to receive up to 50% discount on the initial registration fee or a significant discount on the next year’s renewal fee.

Please check with your animal hospital first before scheduling the neuter/spay surgery to ensure that it is legally registered and licensed to perform the surgeries and can provide official certificates. Most CLINICS are not legally authorized to perform surgeries in Beijing, nor are pet shops, breeders, grooming salons that are staffed with the occasional veterinarian. The police may not grant you the discount if you cannot produce an official spay/neuter certificate from a legally registered animal hospital in Beijing. Dogs neutered/spayed overseas are currently not eligible for the spay/neuter discount on registration.

Depending on the PSB precinct (pai chu suo), you would normally get your dog’s “picture ID registration card” within the month. Always keep the official “fa paio” (tax bureau receipt) from the pai chu suo. Until you receive the license, your “fa piao” is proof that your dog has been registered.


Many dog owners outside of 5th ring road, especially in the Shunyi villa areas, may be able to inquire with the management agents to help get dogs registered or at least obtain guidance on the process. Dogs may be over 35-cms outside of the 8 major districts. Check with your property management agent or local PSB precinct (pai chu suo) for confirmation.

Many of the villa operators have negotiated with local police precincts to allow their residents to register dogs (especially large dogs) to the villa compound. There are still registration processes and fees involved. Please contact your property management agent or neighborhood Public Security Bureau (“pai chu suo”) if you live outside the 5th ring road and are unsure about how to register your dog.

Please be advised that there may be some residential compounds technically OUTSIDE 5th ring road that may not allow large dogs. Please ask the management agents or even the local Public Security Bureau overseeing the area to verify if large dogs are allowed. It would be unfortunate to sign a lease only to later find out you cannot register your large dog in these areas.


Cats and their owners may all breathe a collective sigh of relief that there is NO CAT REGISTRATION requirement in Beijing (for now!)


Please call or email the International Center for Veterinary Services with any questions on registration, importing pets, taking pets out of the country and any animal health care or pet care issue.

International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS)
No. 13-16 Rong Ke Gan Lan Cheng Shang Jie
Fu Tong Xi Da Jie, Wangjing
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100102
Tel: (8610) 8456-1939/1940/1941
Fax: (8610) 8456-1940
Web site:
Open Daily

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