Dog and Cat Licenses expire December 31st of each year. 

The licenses are available in the Clerk’s Office located at City Hall, 100 Jackson Street, Ripon, WI  54971.

All dogs and cats 5 months of age or older must have a City License, per State Statute 174.052 and City Ordinance.

  • At time of licensing, Dog and Cat fee if spayed or neutered is $15.00.
  • At time of licensing, Dog and Cat fee if not spayed or neutered is $20.00.

The deadline for annual licenses is March 31st at midnight after which a penalty of $5.00 per license will be added. 

In addition, if you fail to get a valid City License for each dog or cat you own prior to April 1, you will be issued a citation for violating City Ordinance, resulting in a court appearance and fine of $200.50 per non-licensed pet.


 Renewals each year are usually available by the third week of December.

If you no longer own your pet, your pet is deceased, or you have questions, please contact the City Clerk at 920-748-4915.

Dangerous Dogs and Pit Bulls

The City of Ripon has a City Ordinance, Chapter 8.10, Regulating Vicious Dogs, Dangerous Dogs and Pit Bulls.  There is an additional charge of $20 for registering a Pit Bull in the City of Ripon.  A pink color will be given to registrant(s) for the purpose of identification.

Requirements for licensing a Dangerous Dog and Pit Bulls:

  • Color photo of dog
  • Proof of liability insurance in the amount of at least $100,000

Multiple Dogs

A residence may have 2 dogs or 3 cats or 5 dogs or cats, with the exception of a litter of pups or kittens.  See Chapter 8.04.070 for further details.

**Please follow Federal guidelines regarding your pets and postal workers.  For more information, please contact the post office at 920-748-3287.