Dangerous / Potentially Dangerous Dog Registration

No person may keep a dog in the City of Maplewood that has been declared dangerous or potentially dangerous by the animal control authority unless it is registered with the city.

Code Requirements

Guidance relating to Dangerous/Potentially Dangerous Dogs and Registrations is contained in the Maplewood City Code, Chapter 10, Article III, Division 5. All registrants are required to be familiar with the provisions of this Chapter.

Apply for a License

Applications have been transitioned to an online licensing system (Accela) and is available for access via the Citizen Access portal

The following documents are required to be submitted with this application: 

  • Proof of Surety Bond or Liability Insurance in the sum of at least $300,000
  • Front-faced photograph of the dangerous/potentially dangerous dog, taken within 30 days of the date of application
  • Proof of Disclosure from Property Owner (PDF) (applicants renting property that dog resides on, only)
  • Proof from a qualified veterinarian that the following has occurred:
    • Microchip identification, including name of microchip manufacturer and identification number
    • Sterilization (dangerous dogs only, if deemed required by Animal Control)

Guide to using the Citizen Access Portal

Please use the reference guides below to assist you in registering for an account and applying for a license. If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 651-249-2001.

Request for Appeal of Initial Determination

An owner of a dog initially determined to be dangerous or potentially dangerous may appeal the determination by submitting an Appeal Application via Accela. The appeal has a fee of $100 and must be submitted within five business days of the owner's receipt of the notice of initial determination.

Annual Review Request

If there are no additional reports of the behavior described in Section 10-189 subsection (1)a or (1)b within a 12-month period from the date of the designation as a dangerous dog, or a 6-month period from the date of the designation as a potentially dangerous dog, the dog's owner may request a review, in writing, of the declaration designation.

Prior to the review, the owner must provide documented evidence that the dog's behavior has changed due to environment, health, age, training, neutering or other relevant factor, in addition to an administrative review fee of $100. In cases where the owner has successfully completed a training program approved by the animal control authority, the administrative fee may be reduced.

Notice of Death/Transfer or Sale

The owner of a Dangerous/Potentially Dangerous Dog must notify the animal control authority in writing (PDF), within 30 days, of the death, sale or the transfer of the dog to a residence outside of the city of Maplewood.

If the dangerous/potentially dangerous dog is sold, the owner must inform the purchaser that the animal control authority has identified the dog as dangerous/potentially dangerous.

Expiration / Renewal

Registration term runs January 1 through December 31st, annually. Renewal must occur on or before date of expiration.