Dog & Cat Licensing Information

Important: In order to obtain a dog or cat license, you must provide a current rabies vaccine certificate when applying. 

Wisconsin State Statutes, Section 174 makes it mandatory for pets to be licensed. The City of South Milwaukee requires a license for dogs and cats over five months of age. License your pet online, by mail, or at the South Milwaukee Treasurer’s Office.  Residents must provide a current rabies vaccination certificate showing the tag number and the expiration date, or the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) renewal postcard showing the current rabies vaccination information, at the time of licensing. The license year commences January 1 and ends December 31. Beginning April 1, a late fee is assessed except for:

New Residents & New Pet Owners

  • A new resident who owns a dog or cat over five months of age, and who licenses such pet within 30 days of residency;
  • A resident who obtains a dog or cat on or after April 1st, and who licenses such pet within 30 days;
  • A resident who owns a dog or cat that is not five months of age on or before March 31st, and who licenses such pet within 30 days from the date in which it reaches five months of age.

Renewals

If you licensed your pet on or before October 1 you should receive a renewal postcard from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) in December or January. You may not receive a renewal postcard from MADACC if you licensed your pet later in the year.

Whether or not you receive a renewal postcard from MADACC, it is your responsibility to renew the license for your pet on or before March 31.

Maximum Number of Dogs/Cats

The City of South Milwaukee limits the number of dogs and cats a pet owner may have.  A maximum of three pets is allowed to be kept upon any premise.

Licensing, Renewal & Payment Options

Online

Pay online with a credit card, obtain a license, or renew using the  MADACC website.

By Mail to MADACC (Check payable to MADACC)

Pay by Mail to:
Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission
3839 W Burnham Street
West Milwaukee, WI 53215

Include the postcard (for renewals), current certificate of rabies vaccination if new license or expired (will be returned with license) and check, made payable to MADACC. Call 414-649-8640 or go to the MADACC website for more information.

At City Hall (Check payable to City of South Milwaukee)

Mail or bring the postcard (for renewals) and current certificate of rabies vaccination if not listed on postcard or if new license (will be returned with license if mailed) to:

South Milwaukee Treasurer's Office
2424 15th Avenue
P.O. Box 367
South Milwaukee, WI 53172

Checks must be separate from all other payments. Payment may not be made by debit or credit card at City Hall.

Dog & Cat Licensing Fees

AnimalLicense FeesLate Fees
Male or Female Dog/Cat
$24
$12 
Neutered/Spayed Dog/Cat
$12
$6