In Berlin, you must register your dog at the Finanzamt. If it's a dangerous breed, you must also register it at the Ordnungsamt. Here is how you do it.

What is the dog tax?

In Berlin, you must pay a dog tax (Hundesteuer)1. It costs 120€ per year for one dog. It costs 180€ per year for each extra dog. You pay the tax once a year. The money is taken from your bank account with a direct debit authorisation.

To pay the dog tax, you must register your dog with the Finanzamt. After your dog is born, or after you move to Berlin, you have 1 month to register your dog1. When you leave Berlin, you must deregister your dog to stop paying the dog tax.

When you register your dog, you receive a dog tag (Hundesteuermarke) by post. You must put that tag on your dog's collar. You will also receive a dog tax certificate (Hundesteuerbescheid) and a dog tax number (Hundesteuernummer).

Guide dogs are exempt from the dog tax1. If you adopt a dog from an animal shelter (Tierheim), you pay no dog tax for one year1. You must still register your adopted dog in the first month.

How to register your dog

  1. Fill the registration form (Hundesteuer - Anmeldung) and the direct debit authorisation (SEPA-Lastschriftmandat). You can find the forms on this page.
  2. Send the registration form to your local Finanzamt. To find your local Finanzamt, enter your post code on this page.

How to change your address

  1. Fill the registration form (Hundesteuer - Anmeldung). You can find the form on this page.
  2. Send the registration form to your local Finanzamt. To find your local Finanzamt, enter your post code on this page.

How to deregister your dog

If you leave Berlin, if another person adopts your dog, or if your dog dies, you must deregister it1. When you deregister your dog, you stop paying the dog tax.

  1. Fill the deregistration form (Hundesteuer - Abmeldung). You can find the form on this page.
  2. Send the form and the dog tag (Hundemarke) to your local Finanzamt. To find your local Finanzamt, enter your post code on this page.

You will receive a confirmation message around 4 weeks later.

    Registering dangerous breeds

    In Berlin, Pitbulls, American Staffordshire Terriers and Bull Terriers are considered dangerous breeds. You must register dogs with dangerous breeds at the Ordnungsamt. This costs 30 euros. When you move, you must also report your address change. If you leave Berlin, you must deregister your dog at the Ordnungsamt.

    What's next?

    In Berlin, your dog must have liability insurance (Hundehaftpflichtversicherung). You also need a permit (Hundeführerschein) to walk your dog without a leash. There are a few more rules you need to know about.

    Related guide: Owning a dog in Germany