Animal Information and Licensing

Community Service Officers (CSO’s) respond to animal control calls such as dog at large, animal bite, injured animal, barking dog and other animal issues. To report a barking dog or dog at large when occurring, call Police dispatch at 612-861-9898 or Public Safety at 612 861-9800.

To speak to a CSO with animal questions or concerns call 612-861-9823. Please leave a message and your call will be returned. 

The City of Richfield contracts with the City of Bloomington for use of their animal shelter.  Impounded animals in Richfield are transported to the animal shelter located at 9920 Logan Ave. S. in Bloomington. Contact number is  952-563-4942.

For lost and found animals,  please call  Police dispatch at 612 861-9898 or Richfield Public Safety at 612-861-9800.

  • Animals six months of age and older must be licensed.  This is a requirement for animals within the City of Richfield. A current rabies vaccination certificate must be provided at the time the license is purchased.
  • A multi-pet license is required for households that have more than two dogs or two cats.
  • The maximum number of animals allowed at a residence is five.  
  • A commercial kennel license is required for businesses selling, boarding, or breeding animals.

For questions regarding animal licensing requirements call 612 861-9870. For other animal related questions call 612 861-9823.

Animal License Application
Multi-Pet License (see bullet points above)

Bird watching and bird feeding are enjoyed by millions of people each year and provide many benefits to both people and our feathered friends. Bird watching is educational and allows us to experience nature in our own backyard.  Feeding birds helps to supplement their natural food source, and provides energy for migration. Birds provide many benefits such as insect control and flower pollination.

Did you know that placing bird feed or human food on the ground may be detrimental to wildlife in the area?  It can cause serious health issue for wildlife such as deer who may be attracted to it. Wildlife may start depending upon this source of food, causing them to come around more often and possibly lose their fear of humans.

The following tips will keep your backyard inviting and attractive to birds and assist in keeping out other wildlife such as deer and raccoons. 

  •  Provide a bird bath that is kept clean and has fresh water.
  • Elevate bird feeders to deter wildlife from getting bird feed.
  • Provide a natural habitat such as bushes or a bird house.


  • Place bird seed on the ground. It makes birds easy prey to other wildlife and susceptible to deadly chemicals which may be in your lawn.
  • Put bird feeders by windows. Bird window collisions are very common.
  • Put out bread and other human food which is detrimental to wildlife.

Did you  know that feeding deer and raccoons is a violation of City ordinance? For more information or questions call City staff at 612 861-9880.

To view the complete animal ordinance, refer to  Chapter 9 of the Richfield City Code.