Dog Registration and License
It is required for all dogs four months or older to be registered with the City of Chicago (per Municipal Code 07-12-140). Registering your dog with the City of Chicago may help us locate your dog in the event it gets lost. The person who finds your dog simply calls our office at 312-744-DOGS with your dog emblem number (on your dog’s tag).
Dog registration is required to stay at many dog boarding and daycare service facilities and for acquiring permission to enter the Chicago Park District’s dog-friendly areas.
Requirements for Dog Registration
Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination. Get your dog vaccinated at any Chicago area veterinarian clinic or other licensed provider.
License Terms and Expiration
- Since rabies vaccinations typically last either one or three years (depending on the vaccination administered by your dog’s vet), the Office of the City Clerk offers 1-year and 3-year dog registration emblems.
- Term Start of the emblem defaults to the transaction date. If there is a current emblem for a dog but the vaccination is still valid, the Term Start will be the day after the current emblem expires.
- Term End of the emblem will either be the Vaccination Expiration Date, or one year from the Term Start if the Vaccination Expiration Date is greater than a year into the future.
Register your dog and purchase online via EZ>BUY
Buying your dog emblem online is easy, fast, and convenient. Have your vaccination documentation ready and go to EZ>BUY to order online. Please allow 7 to 9 business days to receive your Dog License Emblem. If you need your Dog License Emblem immediately, please visit one of our in-person sales locations.
North Side Satellite Office
Address: 5430 West Gale St
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
City Hall Office
Address: 121 North LaSalle St Room 107
City Council Division: 312.744.6870
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8am – 5pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
South Side Satellite Office
Address: 5674 South Archer Ave Unit A
Hours: M – F: 9am – 5pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
Fees for Unsterilized Dogs
Unsterilized dog fees are higher because thousands of dogs are euthanized annually or suffer as strays because of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. One unspayed female and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years. Sterilized dogs are also healthier and have fewer medical problems. In addition, spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to run away or fight with other animals.
No person has the right to use the public sidewalk or parkway as a driveway without first obtaining a use of public way permit authorized by the Commissioner of Transportation.
- The purpose of the permit process is to ensure that the section of the Public Way being used as a driveway is insured and that the City of Chicago, its officers, employee or agents are listed on the policy as an additional insured.
- For residential properties, the amount of insurance must be $250,000. For commercial properties, the required amount is $1,000,000. Having the City listed does not incur any cost to the applicant or affect the cost of the policy.
- Many applicants are made aware of the need for a Driveway Permit when applying for a building permit at the Department of Buildings. Proof of a Permit is necessary for the issuance of a Building Permit.
Please check the Department of Transportation’s Driveway Permit website for more information.
Chicago Park District Permits
The Chicago Park District offers numerous indoor & outdoor spaces to host your next event. Whether it’s a grand gala under the stars, a race with a purpose for 30,000 people, a simple garden soiree, or the perfect birthday party for your four year-old, you can find the ideal space within the Chicago Park District’s 7,300 acres of parkland. Additionally, permits are required for many activities that take place on Chicago Park District property so please check out the website for more information.