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Dog Licenses

Dog Licenses
Pursuant to the City of Highland Park Code Section 90.005, every dog that is housed within the corporate limits of the City and that is more than six (6) months of age must be registered with and licensed by the City. Dog Licenses are $12 for unaltered dogs and $7 for spayed or neutered dogs (proof required).  Dog licenses are valid from October 1 through September 30, yearly.
A current rabies vaccination certificate must be provided to the Finance Department to purchase a City Dog License. 
Dog owners must also sign an affidavit stating receipt and acknowledgment of the Responsible Pet Ownership Pamphlet outlining dog regulations in the City of Highland Park. This affidavit is required to be signed once per household and is not required annually for license renewal.  

Purchase By Mail  
Dog Licenses can be purchased by mail at: 

City of Highland Park 
City Hall - Finance Department 
1707 St. Johns Ave. 
Highland Park, IL 60035 

Documents may also be placed in the City's drop box, located at the Hazel Ave. parking lot adjacent to City Hall. 

IMPORTANT - The City has launched a new Permitting & Licensing platform. Residents may apply for and make a payment for dog licenses online at the City's online Civic Access Portal. Please contact the Finance Department at 847-432-0800 or at for more information.


Off-Leash Dog Parks/Beach
Information about off-leash exercise areas is available through the Park District of Highland Park by clicking here or by calling the Heller Nature Center at 847.433.6901.