Animal keeping

Reykjavík City offers comprehensive services for pets and their owners. The City also has legal obligations concerning wild animals in danger and stray animals. Residents can get permits to keep chickens, and pest control is part of the City's operations. Specific rules apply to livestock keeping, and the city manages the obligation to round up sheep on its own land.

What do Reykjavík Animal Services (DYR) do?

Reykjavík Animal Services (DYR) is responsible for the issue of pets and other animals in trouble within city limits. Animal Services manage animal registration, offer education and information, capture and house stray animals, and communicate with other organizations, animal owners and their representative associations.

All livestock must be kept in custody and the livestock caretaker has full responsibility concerning the livestock. The role of Pest Control is to keep pests to a minimum through pest elimination, providing information and preventive activities.

Animal Services also monitors the applicable resolutions on animal keeping at each time. Special procedures are in place between Animal Services and Reykjavík Public Health Authority.



Registering dogs is mandatory in Reykjavík.



It is mandatory to microchip cats.


Animals in danger

How do we help animals in danger?



Sheep, cows, horses, and other livestock.



Reykjavík City runs a pest control program.


Other animals

Hens and rabbits in Reykjavík.

Information on dogs in Reykjavík

By printing this document, you may be able to collect signatures and obtain approval for keeping animals.

Reykjavík Animal Services

Contact us


  • Address: Laugardalur Livestock Zoo

  • Email:

  • Telephone: 822 7820

For urgent matters at night and on weekends, please contact the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police.