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

  • 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.
  • Two photos of your dog (one-inch passport size). Must be a head shot from the front.
  • Your original ID: shen fen zheng, passport, foreigner household registration document (obtained from PSB and usually needed to extend your China visa), etc.
  • 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)
  • Permission from your neighborhood watch committee Ju Wei Hui
  • 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.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Original and photocopy of ID and passport)
  • A note from the diplomatic agency, indicating the status and address of the dog owner and basic information about the dog)
  • A permission note from the property management or security office allowing dog ownership on the residential property, if the dog will be kept outside the diplomatic compound or grounds.
  • Most recent vaccination certificate of the dog.
  • Two one-inch frontal photos of the dog.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (??????)
Address: 9 Dong Dajie, Dongcheng district, Beijing
Contact: 010-8522-5050,
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm

Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (??????)
Address: 200 Qiyi Lu, Yuexiu district, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province
Contact: 020-8311-6688,
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat, 8:30 am-12 noon

Shanghai Public Security Bureau (??????)
Address: 185 Fuzhou Lu, Huangpu district, Shanghai
Contact: 021-6231-0110,
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm

Shenzhen Public Security Bureau (??????)
Address: 4018 Jiefang Lu, Luohu district, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province
Contact: 0755-8446-3999,
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-12 noon; 2pm-6pm; Sat, 9am-11am, 3pm-4:30pm



Registration of pet dogs should be completed within 30 days of arrival in China if the animal is brought into the country or within 30 days if the dog is purchased in China.


  • 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


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Foreigners living in Beijing shall observe the regulations described in "City of Beijing Dog Ownership Regulations."

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 Beagles, Maltese, Poodles, Cockers, Bichon Frise, Mini Schnauzers, assorted Terriers, Shelties, Shiba Inus, small mixed breeds, etc.). What the police may not allow are large dogs (some also classified as aggressive breeds) such as Collies, Dalmatians, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, Huskies, Irish Wolfhounds, Labradors, Labradoodles, Malamutes, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, St. Bernards, 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.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of the owner
  • Address
  • If your dog has been neutered or spayed, request a proof from your Vet.
  • Take the dog to the authorized places listed below in #4 for vaccination. First time vaccination and ID chip is 120rmb. In subsequent years the dog only need to get the rabies vaccination for 60rmb/year, plus yearly registration fees. Obtain the certificate of immunization from the center after the rabies vaccination.
  • Bring pet owners ID Card, passport, residence permit or rental agreement (as proof of address), 2 passport size photos of dog owner and the certificate of immunication from #2 above to the nearest police station to apply for the dog license. If you reside within the Inner Ring: the license registration fee is 500rmb/year. If you reside between Inner Ring and Outer Ring: the regisration fee is 300rmb. For suburban areas outside of the Outer Ring: the fee is 100rmb/year. If your dog has been spayed and neutered (with proof from authorized hospitals), the fee will be halved.


Need for the Document[edit]

All dogs are required to be registered by law in china. 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 governments 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.).

Information which might help[edit]

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.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

It is important to abide by the laws of China and obtain the proper license for your dog. Failure to do so may result in drastic measures of having your pet removed instantly with no guarantee of its return. To obtain a dog license, you are required to apply for a Certificate of Immunity for Dogs in China. When your dog has been approved for the certificate of immunity, and all its vaccination checked, then a shot containing a chip will be given to the dog.

External Links[edit]

Registering Dogs in Beijing: How-To Guide for Dog Owners


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.