Furry family members are welcome in the City of Wausau!

Dog Gone Pool PartyFrequently Asked Questions or Concerns:

Do my pets need to be licensed?

Yes, the City of Wausau requires dogs and cats older than 4 months be licensed.  Proof of rabies vaccination is required at the time of licensing.  There is a $8.00 discount offered when licensing pets that are microchipped; proof of microchipping applies. The license can be obtained in a variety of ways:

1: In person at the Customer Service Counter
    at City Hall 407 Grant St. Wausau, WI 54403

2: You may purchase a license Online at Evolve

3: You can mail an application and payment to

Wausau Animal Licensing, City Hall
407 Grant Street, Wausau, WI 54403

All pet licenses run January 1 through December 31.  Licensing fees are as follows:

  • Neutered/Spayed dog or cat $18
  • Unneutered/Unspayed dog or cat $60
  • If your pet is microchipped apply an $8.00 discount, proof required.

Note: A late fee of double the regular license fee in addition to the required license fee is imposed if the license is obtained after March 31.

How many pets may I have in the City of Wausau?

The city municipal code limits ownership to no more than two dogs and/or three cats over the age of four months in or upon one residential unit, unless you hold and are approved for a Pet Fancier permit.  To apply for Pet Fancier permit, click here.

Are there any other critter restrictions in the City?

The city municipal code limits ownership to no more than three domestic animals which includes rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats or other similar pets in any one residence.

Are any animals forbidden within the City?

Raising or owning, wasps, hornets, poisonous snakes, farm animals, wolves or any animal raised for fur-bearing purposes are not allowed.

What are some ways to be a responsible pet owner?

The biggest complaints received by the police department regarding pets include animals running unattended, excessive barking and dogs doing their 'business' on other lawns.  The complete city regulation on animals is found in Chapter 8 of the City of Wausau Municipal Code.

Where can I adopt a furry friend?

Are dogs allowed in City Parks?

Yes, dogs on leashes are permitted in City Parks.  In addition off-leash park times are:

  • Oak Island Park 6am to 9am and 6pm to 9pm
  • Picnic Island Park 6am to 9am and 6pm to 9pm
  • Memorial Park 6am to 9am
  • Pets are not allowed in the 400 Block during special events.