Animal Licensing

DOGS & CATS

Number limited.  Pursuant to City Ordinance 7.04.11.D.2, persons residing within any one residential unit or any one home located on any residentially zoned property or lot, may own, harbor, board or keep in its possession no more than four dogs or four cats, or a combined total of four cats and dogs (except that a litter of pups and/or kittens or a portion of a litter may be kept for not more than five months from birth). 

 

ANIMAL FANCIER LICENSE

In May, 2023 the Common Council passed an Ordinance that created a process for a resident to request to possess a 5th animal in certain zoning districts.  The Animal Fancier License Application allows a resident one (1) additional dog or cat to reside at a property zoned Low Density Residential (R-1), Low Medium Residential (R-2), or in a detached single-family dwelling, twinhome or duplex for a maximum of five (5) animals.  No owner shall have more than four (4) dogs or four (4) cats.

After an application has been submitted for an Animal Fancier License, a letter will be sent to the abutting property owners advising them of the request to possess a 5th animal.  The City has the right to deny the application if there are substantiated concerns from neighbors regarding noise, care or keeping of the animal.    The Animal Fancier License is an annual license from January 1st through December 31st and must be reapplied for annually.  The application fee is $75 in the original year and $15 in successive years.

 

ALL dogs and cats must be licensed by the age of 5 months. New residents must register their pets within 30 days. Licenses for newly owned cats and dogs are available year-round in the City Clerk's office, First Floor. Renewal licenses are available to purchase December 1st – March 31st at City Hall. After March 31st, renewal licenses for dogs must be obtained at the La Crosse County Clerk's office, 212 6th St. N., Rm 1500, La Crosse, WI.  Licenses are effective from January 1st through December 31st. The cost is $14.00 per animal for spayed or neutered animals and $25.00 per animal for non-spayed or unneutered animals. Renewal licenses are delinquent if purchased after March 31st with a $25 late fee charge per animal. Please call 781-9530 with questions. Please note: Current proof of rabies vaccination must be on file for licensing.  If you choose to mail or put your payment in one of our drop boxes, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of rabies certificates and license tags.

 

BEEKEEPING

A person that keeps bees within the limits of the City of Onalaska must first obtain a license (see link to application below). No person shall keep, maintain or allow to be kept any hive or other facility for the housing of honeybees on or in any property in the City of Onalaska without a license.  Regulations for beekeeping can be found in 7.04.12 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Onalaska.  

Licenses are effective from January 1st through December 31st. The cost is $75.00 for the initial application and $15.00 for renewal applications. Please call (608) 781-9530 with questions.

 

CHICKENS

A person that keeps chickens within the limits of the City of Onalaska must first obtain a license (see link to application below). Chickens (excluding roosters) may be raised, pursuant to the following conditions:

  • No parcel shall be allowed more than three (3) female chickens (no roosters are allowed).
  • Consent from the owners of fifty-one percent (51%) of abutting parcels.
  • Chickens must be kept in a covered enclosure or a fenced enclosure within the backyard of the property at all times.  

Complete regulations for keeping of chickens can be found in 7.04.13 of the Code of Ordinances.  City Ordinance 7.04.13

Licenses are effective from January 1st through December 31st. The cost is $75.00 for the initial application and $15.00 for renewal applications. Please call (608) 781-9530 with questions.