“I distinctly remember it was October 2010 when i wrote about BMC pet license getting on-line (E-License) for Dogs and possibly for other pets owned by Mumbai citizens. TAX on pet dogs is liable under section 191A according to Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act 1888. It seems like the on-line process for getting dogs license is yet not started, Still the application form in this article can be used and the license status can be seen on-line (Sample Image below). Below are details on Cost / Charges, Process, BMC License form, Wards (Zones) and step by step guide.”
Why Dogs License ?
Under Section 191A of Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act 1888 tax on Pet dogs has been applied and is collected by issuing Dogs licenses to respective owners. Another reason to issue and renew such licenses being Dog and Rabies goes hand in hand and getting such adorable yet unlicensed pet inside a residential complex has a risk to owners if dog bites spreads deadly rabies and one has to take 5 costly injections with the wound and pain. Yes, Not all stray dogs around and inside housing societies are vaccinated but the nearest once being the pet at home has to be vaccinated compulsory. Once ‘Medical Office Health’ MOH approves and issues the license, Your pet is safe for all.
Pet once adopted / purchased / transferred from other owner has to be vaccinated by local veterinarian doctor who will issue a certificate having complete details like doctors clinic address, pet owners address, contact details, breed, date of birth, vaccination and de-worming schedules. This card & Xerox (Photo Copy) has to be carried along with the license application form duly filled with required details to get a BMC license valid of next 1 year as a proof of a rabies free safe pet at home and in your housing society. Legally, No one can take any objections for your beloved family member dogs. When i wrote about this on October 2010, Approximate about 27000 such pet owners were recorded which now has grown to 50000 according to latest count and news.
Offline and Online E-License Form and Process
So you are done with vaccination and getting a veterinarian certificate, Next here are steps to apply for BMC Pet Dogs license inside Mumbai circle.
STEP 1 : Check if Online License process has been started at MCGM website. Fill up the form and submit with the required documents (Possibly Pet Certificate, Owners Details etc).
STEP 2 : If E-Licensing not available, Download this TAX and LICENSE APPLICATION FORM (Also available at your local BMC Ward / MCGM Office) which has below details :
- License No. (If renewal and already have one).
- Applicant Category (Individual / Institution). Since major Pet dog is a home owner, Select Individual.
- Ward Name (If you don’t know, Here are Mumbai Wards Details).
- Owners Name.
- Applicant name (If not owner himself).
- Complete Address of Pets Owner / Institution.
- Pet Dog Details : Name, Breed, Colour, ID mark if any, Age, Date when owner brought / Purchased OR Transferred by another owner, Veterinary Doctors name, Date of ARV Vaccination, Stray Dog Adopted, If brought from Outside Mumbai city, If Puppy took birth at owners place.
STEP 3 : Submit and get your license, Keep handy a photo copy at home.
Pet Dogs License FAQ
Q.How long the licensing process takes ?
It can be aquired on the same day of form submission OR as guided by your local BMC ward office.
Q.What are the Charges / Cost / Fees for new license and Renewal ?
For a puppy with age 1 year and below, license fees will cost Rs.100/- and If your dog is above 1 year age then the total age (Years) multiply by Rs.100. Example (5 Years x Rs.100 = Rs.500). Same applies for license renewal process.
Q.What is the validity period ?
1 Year from the date of issue.
Q.Is it compulsory to get a valid BMC license for Pet Dogs ?
YES, The residential / Housing society you stay with your dog may take objection and feel unsafe of having a un-vaccinated and Unlicensed pet dog in premise, So getting a valid BMC license and also doing the needful for yearly renewal is very important.
Q.Do every Mumbai Citizen Who own a Dog have a BMC license ?
Surprisingly NO. The main reason being the fear of going through the hassles and documents which might take a day full or 2. But once E-licenses (Online Pet License) is ready, hopefully most to every owner who is aware of the importance will do the needful.
Q.Any extra charges / fees ?
Nope, Initially a one time Rs.150 extra were charges for the license book issued. Kindly check with your ward office if it still applies.
Q.How can we see Online Status ?
While writing this article, i was able to reach MCGM dog license status page (Currently page not available & removed, Snapshot below) and tried pulling out license status data, Below image for same.
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See Also : Pet Guide, Pet Adoption Fairs, Pet Care Animal Shelters, Crawford Market Pet Shops, Stray Dogs Helplines, Nature Animal NGO.