Pet License

Pet License

The biggest benefit of registering a pet with the City of Evanston is the increased chance of pet owners being reunited with their dog or cat, should it become lost. Applying for the license also serves as a reminder to renew a pet’s annual rabies vaccination, which could save the pet’s life.

The City of Evanston pet license, for cats and dogs, is issued on a calendar year. By City Ordinance, all dogs and cats are required to have pet licenses. The annual cost is $10 if the pet is neutered or spayed and $15 if not altered.

For renewals, payment for 2016 Animal Registration should be made by the end of 2015.

*New to 2016*
First-time applicants can now apply and pay simultaneously for the 2016 pet license online. You will need to provide proof of residence and the current rabies vaccination certificate in a scanned version or an image from your PC or smartphone to complete an online application.


If you are renewing your pet license and received a renewal notice in the mail, click here to process your application online.

NOTE : In order to renew for the 2016 pet license, the application form must have an online ID and a current Rabies Tag No. in order to complete the application. 

If you have a received the 2016 pet license application form in the mail, but doesn’t have an online ID or a Rabies Tag No. you need to submit a new application, please click here.

To mail in the renewal form, use the envelope provided.

If you do not have your pre-printed form or are applying to pay for a pet license for the first time, click here. You will need to be able to scan and upload a copy of the current rabies vaccination certificate to complete the application.

Click here to purchase a 2016 pet license for first time; you will need to be able to scan and upload a copy of the current rabies vaccination certificate to complete the application.

If you prefer to apply by mail, click here for a blank application. Please be sure to include a copy of the current rabies vaccination certificate with remittance via check only.

The completed application form, along with the current rabies vaccination certificate and payment, can either be mailed in or brought to the City Collector’s Office. When applying in person, you can pay with cash, check, or credit card.


Renewal First Time Applicant Blank Application
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Pet owners are asked to provide a copy of their pet’s current rabies vaccination certificate, and return both parts of your application form with your remittance.

FEE: $10 neutered or spayed / $15 not altered



CONTACT: Call 847-448-4311 for additional information about pet licenses.

APPLICATION: Online, Mail or in person

Additional Pet Information

Dog Beach

For information on Evanston's Dog Beach and passes, click here>>>. The Dog Beach is located just north of the Church Street launch facility, where Church St. meets the lake.

Pooch Park

Pooch Park is a 2.7 acre park that is an off-leash fenced dog recreational facility. It is jointly operated by the City of Evanston and Skokie Park District. For more information, click here>>>.

Animal Control Bureau

As a part of the Evanston Police Department's Division of Strategic Services, the Animal Control Bureau handles requests and complaints from citizens dealing with domestic and wild animals, including birds and reptiles. It also counsels citizens on animal control problems and issues citations for violation of animal control ordinances. In addition, it apprehends and impounds stray animals and handles adoption of unwanted dogs and cats in conjunction with CARE (a local volunteer group). For more information, click here>>>.

Pet Leash and Clean-up Laws

Residents are reminded that not only must their dogs be leashed (Ord 9-4-7 of the City Code), but they also are required under the law to pick-up after them (Ord 9-4-12). 

City Code 9-4-7 requires that dogs must be leashed in public and they are not allowed to run loose in public parks or on the majority of the city’s beaches. If you wish to allow your dog to run off leash, you may purchase an annual membership to Pooch Park or the Evanston Dog Beach.

City Code 9-4-12 requires dog owners to pick-up their dog’s waste from public or private property and should have with them something with which to properly dispose of the waste. Dog waste can spread disease and it’s bad for the environment. Dog feces may contain various organisms and parasites such as E. coli, tapeworm, and roundworm. They can all make people really sick. Small children are especially vulnerable so it's really important to clean it up.

Evanston Animal Shelter

Evanston's municipal Animal Shelter works to find homes for the unwanted and abandoned animals that are brought to the shelter.  For more information, click here>>>.