Dog Licenses

Dog licenses purchased by mail or in person are priced as follows:

  • $10.00 each dog if  spayed/neutered
  • $15.00 each dog if not spayed/neutered
  • $40.00 for kennel license (up to 12 dogs, then each additional dog is $10.00)
  • $10.00 for puppy (under 6 months of age from January 1 of current year)
  • $5.00 late fee for licenses not purchased by April 1 of current year, unless you did not have the dog until after April 1.

Contact the treasurer by email or call 318-4440 Ext 2 for any additional information or to schedule an in-person purchase.


In many cases animal laws may differ slightly depending on whether you live in the City of Madison or in Dane County. However there are several animal laws that are the same no matter where you live.

Rabies Vaccination

Wisconsin State Law requires that all Dogs be vaccinated for Rabies by the age of 5 months. Rabies Vaccinations are good for 6 months, 1 year or 3 years depending on the type of vaccine used and the age of the animal when the vaccination was given. Owners should check with their vet and make sure their pets are up to date on rabies vaccinations at all times.

Dog License

All Dogs kept in Madison and Dane County are required to be licensed by the age of 5 months. Licenses are sold on an annual basis. You must purchase a new license for your dog at the beginning of each calendar year.

ID Tag

An ID tag with owner Name, Address and Phone Number is also required by both City and County and can go a long way towards getting someone’s pet back home if it gets lost. Owners may obtain an ID tag from their local vet or the Humane Society and should keep it on their pet at all times.

Running At Large

Both the City of Madison and Dane County have running at large laws for dogs. Dogs are not to run at large off the owners property unless they are in an off- leash dog park or have permission to be loose from the owner of the property they are on.

WI Dog License Statutes