Pet Information

Licensing Requirements


Any person owning or harboring a dog or cat is required to license the pet, pursuant to Section 8-75 of the Rochester City Code.

Pets must be licensed by March 1 of each year. After March 1, an additional $12 late fee is charged. The late fee does not apply to new residents or new pets if the license is obtained within 30 days of moving or acquiring the pet.

Obtaining a Pet License:


To obtain a license you must:
  • Show a current rabies vaccination certificate from a veterinarian licensed in the State of Michigan
  • Pay the license fee
You can obtain a pet license in person at City Hall or by mail.

Please fill out a separate Pet License Application for each pet and remember to provide a rabies vaccination certificate.

Mail or deliver applications to: 
City Clerk's Office
400 6th Street
Rochester, MI 48307

Licensing Fees


  • $3 for a spayed or neutered animal
  • $15 for intact animals
  • $12 late fee for licenses obtained after March 1 of each year (not applicable to new residents or new pets if obtained within 30 days of moving or acquiring the pet)

Sidewalks and Pet Clean-Up


The City Code requires that pet droppings on public property and rights-of-way must be removed by the pet owner. Properties include sidewalks, parks, and trailways. Removing pet droppings is a matter of public health and good citizenship.

Lost Pets


If you have lost your pet, please contact the Rochester Police Department at 248-651-9621 or these organizations.