Dog & Cat Licenses
All dogs and cats over the age of 5 months are required to be licensed in the City of Waukesha. You may purchase animal licenses in-person at City Hall or by mail.
Please click here to download the Animal License Application (PDF)
Animal License Fee
$10 per year if your animal is spayed or neutered.
$15 per year if your animal is intact.
The City of Waukesha mails out renewal notices at the end of the year and you have until April 1st of the following year to renew your pet license. If you fail to renew your license by the April 1st deadline, there is a $5 late fee per animal.
You may purchase the license in-person during regular office hours from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. Please remember that a rabies vaccination certificate is required and must accompany the application. A copy is acceptable and will be returned.
Licenses can also be purchased via mail. Simply complete the application form and mail it to the Clerk Treasurer’s Office at 201 Delafield St., Waukesha, WI 53188 with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please remember that you will also need to mail proof of the rabies vaccine from the vet such as a rabies vaccination certificate which we will mail back to you with your tag. It is not necessary to mail your rabies tag with your license application and we cannot use the tag as proof of rabies vaccination. For your convenience, there is also a drop-box located on the lower level of City Hall by the mailbox.
Proof of Rabies Vaccination
We will need to see proof of the rabies vaccine from the vet such as a rabies vaccination certificate. Please understand that we cannot use the rabies tag as proof of rabies vaccination. We specifically need to see documentation from your vet that shows the rabies tag number, expiration date and proof that it belongs to the animal you are licensing.
No more than 2 dogs over the age of 3 months and no more than 2 cats over the age of 6 months shall be kept in any household in the City of Waukesha.
There are ordinances in the City of Waukesha that do not permit dogs and cats to be at large. Animals must always be under the control of the owner or leashed. Pet owners are reminded that they must pick-up after their pets.
Dog Parks & Exercise Areas
Waukesha County Park System
Waukesha County Park System offers over 70 acres of fully fenced dog exercises areas, two designated dog swim areas, two open beach swimming areas, and over 60 miles of wooded and paved trails to explore.
For more information on the Waukesha County Park System, please click here.
City of Waukesha Parks
Dogs are permitted in Rivers Crossing Park, Bethesda Park and the MacArthur Dog Run. Click here to view the Dog Friendly Parks Brochure
- Dog Park Brochure (PDF)
- 6 Great Reasons to License Your Dog (PDF)
- Does Animal Abuse Happen in Waukesha County? (PDF)
- What you should do if you suspect a case of animal cruelty or neglect?
- Waukesha Humane Officer Contact
- Wisconsin Animal Laws
- Waukesha Municipal Code 11.22 Dogs; Cats
- HAWS - Humane Animal Welfare Society
- Wildlife in Need
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources