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115 W Pleasant St.
Portage, WI 53901
Residential Permits & Licensing can be found on this page. Find the license or permit form you are interested in. Then fill out the form and return to City Hall, 115 W Pleasant St.
Building Permits- Doing modifications? Updating? Building or Additions? Accessory Shed? These all require permits, please call City Hall and see what permits are needed for your project. 608-742-2176 Public Works Department.
- Fee Schedule 04/18/2017
- General Building Permit
- New Construction Building Permit
- Pay for a Building Permit Online or By Phone
DOG AND CAT LICENSING
Reminder: All Pet Licenses expire on December 31, no matter when your license was purchased.
It shall be unlawful for any person in the City of Portage to own, harbor or keep any dog or cat that is more than five months of age without a license.
Pet licenses can be obtained from the Treasurer’s office. A current rabies certificate of your pet from your veterinarian is required to obtain a license.
A $ 5.00 late fee will be charged if the owner fails to obtain a license prior to April 1st of each year, within 30 days of acquiring ownership of a licensable animal or after the animal reaches 5 months of age.
Pets are prohibited in all city parks, except the Fritz Port Dog Park in Veteran’s Memorial Field.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, keeper or walker of any dog or cat to discharge such animal’s excreta upon any public or private property, other than on the owner’s own private property, within the city if such owner, keeper or walker does not immediately thereafter remove and clean such animal’s excreta from the public or private property.
All pets need to be leashed and under control.
Sec. 6-120. - Limitation on number of dogs or cats.
(a) Purpose. The keeping of a large number of dogs or cats within the city for a considerable period of time detracts from and, in many instances, is detrimental to, healthful and comfortable life in such areas. The keeping of a large number of dogs or cats is, therefore, declared a public nuisance.
(b) Number permitted per family or person. No family or person shall own, harbor or keep in its possession more than four dogs or cats on any residentially zoned lot without the prior approval of the common council except that a litter of pups or kittens or a portion of a litter may be kept for not more than eight weeks from birth. If more than one family or person resides on a residential lot, then only a total of four dogs or cats shall be allowed on a residential lot. For the purposes of this section, the term "family" shall be defined as one or more persons.
The City of Portage does allow residents to keep up to 5 chickens in their rear yards upon issuance of a permit. Section 6-122 of City Ordinances outlines the requirements and conditions that residents must comply with in order to obtain and keep a permit allowing them to keep chickens.
Burning permits are required by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in many parts of the state to conduct safe and legal outdoor burning. Regardless of burn location, anyone wishing to burn in the outdoors should contact local fire officials before burning to find out if permits or restrictions are in place. See current burning restrictions.
Burning permits can be obtained at the Fire Station (119 W. Pleasant Street) at the following times:
Monday through Friday: 8:00 – noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00-noon