Dog License Information

All dogs kept in the Town of Cottage Grove are required to be licensed by the time they are 5 months of age.  Dog licenses run on a calendar year basis.   Dog licenses issued after April 1, 2021 will be subject to a $5.00 late charge.

Fees are $18.25 per dog if neutered or spayed, otherwise $23.25.  Multiple Dog licenses are $50.25 for up to 12 dogs.

Licensing New Dogs:

Issuing of 2020 licenses has ended.  The Town has not been issued 2021 tags from Dane County yet.  You may apply for a 2021 license, but it will not be issued until the Town receives the tags.

2021 Dog License Application (Print application and mail with check)  (submit application online and pay with credit or debit card - fees apply)

Renewing existing dog licenses:

NEW THIS YEAR: Renewals will be emailed to all dog owners with email addresses on file in December.  (All others will be send by mail).

You may renew by completing the renewal form and sending it along with a payment check to the Town of Cottage Grove, 4058 County Road N, Cottage Grove, WI  53527, or you may renew online at and pay online with a debit or credit card.  Online payments will be subject to a 2.65% fee ($1.00 minimum) which will be disclosed prior to your confirmation of the payment.

PLEASE NOTE: TCG  §20.30 Number of Animals Regulated states "No person or household shall own, harbor, or keep more than five (5) dogs in any residential area, with the exception that a litter of pups, or a portion of a litter, may be kept for a period of time not exceeding 18 weeks from birth." Residential Area is defined as "...only those parcels of land zoned principally for residential use and designated under Dane County Zoning Code as any Single Family Residence District (SFR-08, SFR-1), Two Family Residential (TFR-08), Multi-Family Residential (MFR-08) and/or the RR-1 Rural Residential, 1 to 2 acres District."

Generally this means than any parcel of 2 acres or less is limited to 5 dogs, unless otherwise regulated by subdivision covenants.