Intact Permit

New Orleans Intact Permit

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The City of New Orleans requires all dogs 6 months and older be spayed or neutered OR have an Intact Permit. This law was created to help reduce the number of homeless animals in New Orleans.

Our New Orleans Humane Law & Rescue team is contracted by the City of New Orleans to provide animal control and enforce the City’s animal laws, including the Intact Permit.

If you live in Orleans Parish and your pet is spayed or neutered this law does not apply to you. If your pet has not been fixed yet and is 6 months or older, please follow the steps below to apply for an Intact Permit.

If you have questions about the Intact Permit please call us at 504.368.5191. Our team will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about this City of New Orleans law. 

Intact Permit Details

Permits are only valid for 1-year and must be renewed annually.

If you have more than 1 pet that required a permit, you must fill out 1 application for each pet.

If your pet has a medical condition that prevents them from being spayed or neutered, have your veterinarian provide you with proof of your pet’s medical condition and submit that documentation with your exemption application. There are no annual renewal fees required if you are approved for an exemption.

You will receive notice of your dog’s Intact Permit application status within 30 days of submission. 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.

How To Apply

Complete our online application for a first time Intact Permit or an annual renewal. You can also print the application and submit with all requested documents and payment to the Louisiana SPCA either in-person 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

Necessary documents: 

  • proof of vaccinations (Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus)
  • current City License/Rabies Tag Number
  • proof of microchip
  • Current photo of your pet
  • copy of pet parent’s ID

If you need assistance filling out the intact permit please call us at 504.368.5191.


Initial application fee: $75

Initial permit fee: $20

Annual renewal 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 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

Louisiana has an overpopulation of pets, especially in its Southern parts, meaning there are too many animals and not enough homes for those animals. Spaying and neutering pets helps reduce the problem of unwanted dogs and cats, but surgery alone is not enough. Unowned and stray animals are a large part of the problem because these animals give birth to unwanted puppies and kittens at an alarming rate. As a responsible pet owner, you should do everything you can to see that leash laws and other animal control regulations in your community are up-to-date and adequately enforced.

As the regions leader in high-volume spay/neuter, the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic specializes in this procedure. In addition to the health and behavioral benefits, spay/neuter is the #1 way to reduce pet overpopulation

Did you know that we’re not affiliated with the ASPCA and rely on local donations?