Dogs and Cats

All dogs and cats must be registered with the Lake County Health Department. The Village does not license or register animals.

The Health Department registration confirms that your animal has a current rabies vaccination. All cats and dogs older than four months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. The rabies registration tag must be worn on your animal's collar and also can help identify your animal if it goes missing or stray.

To report a stray dog or cat, or to report a pet that is missing, contact the Police Department at (847) 234-8760, extension 2.

Backyard Bees and Chickens

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The Village allows residents to keep chickens and bees in their backyards after obtaining a license. The licensing process includes simple criteria to ensure that these activities do not create a nuisance for neighbors. These programs were created to help Village residents be more sustainable by creating opportunities to raise healthy local food, use manure for compost, and provide habitats for pollinators.

Click here for application materials.

While generally safe, poultry can sometimes carry germs (such as salmonella) that can make people sick. Poultry should be kept outdoors and you should wash your hands immediately after touching them. The CDC has more information here on how to stay safe.

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