If your dog has been deemed a Potentially Dangerous Animal in the City and County of Denver, you are required to start the permit process within 5 days of being sentenced.
How to Apply
You can fill out the application(PDF, 165KB) (Espanol(PDF, 413KB)) and review the requirements(PDF, 411KB) (Espanol)(PDF, 413KB) online. You can also go to the Denver Animal Shelter to apply in person.
The application must be filled out in its entirety in order to be processed.
You must provide the following information to Denver Animal Protection when the application is turned in:
- Certificate/Proof that the animal is spayed or neutered.
- Certificate/Proof of current rabies vaccination issued by a licensed veterinarian and annual vaccines.
- Current City of Denver dog/cat license ($15 one year, $40 for three years and $150 for lifetime).
- Animal must be microchipped.
Any address with a Potentially Dangerous Animal on property must have signage at every entrance, (See requirements(PDF, 411KB)) but may not require an enclosure as defined in D.R.M.C. 8-63.
A field services representative will contact you within 3 days regarding your application as each Potentially Dangerous Animal Permit is handled on a case by case basis.
Removal of the Permit
Once an animal is deemed Potentially Dangerous in the City and County of Denver, a permit must be maintained for that animal for a minimum of three years per DRMC 8-63
After the three years, the pet owner may petition Denver Animal Protection for the animal to be removed from the Potentially Dangerous Animal Permit.
The owner of the Potentially Dangerous Animal (PDA) must write a letter to the Director of Denver Animal Protection in order for their pet to be considered for removal from the Potentially Dangerous Animal Permit (PDA).
The letter must include the following:
- Name, address, phone number
- Name, breed, sex of animal
- Proof of current rabies, distemper/parvo and Denver City license
- Advise DAP on steps to prevent further violations occurring once removed from PDA, i.e., providing continued training and continued proper containment of the pet
Denver Animal Protection has sole discretion to approve or deny any request for removal from a Potentially Dangerous Animal Permit. Factors that may affect Denver Animal Protection’s decision (this is not an inclusive list):
- Potentially Dangerous Animal Permit was expired at any time during the three-year period
- Any violation of the Potentially Dangerous Animal permit during the three-year period
Mail letters to the Field Services Administrator at 1241 W. Bayaud Ave., Denver Colorado, 80223.
If your request to be removed from the permit is denied and you disagree with Denver Animal Protection’s decision, you may file an appeal with the Board of Public Health and Environment. For information on how to file an appeal, please visit the Board of Public Health and Environment page.