Pets are allowed in Oak Park residential units unless they are prohibited in the lease. Residents with service animals have special protection in renting and visiting rental units in Oak Park. However, pet owners must follow all applicable local laws. The Animal Control Division of the Oak Park Department of Public Health regulates pet ownership and care in Oak Park. For information on licensing, adopting and impounding pets, call 708.358.5680.
Responsibilities of Pet Ownership
Oak Park requires all dogs and outdoor cats to be licensed annually by May 1. New residents must license their pets within 10 days of moving into the community or acquiring a new animal. A new pet license requires a trip to Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Pet owners must complete a form and provide proof of rabies inoculation before a license will be issued. The annual license fee is reduced for a spayed or neutered animal. Proof of spaying or neutering is required for the reduced fee. Pet licenses can be renewed online. Pet owner also must follow these rules:
- Treat pets in a humane manner
- Be considerate of neighbors
- Report animal bites to the Police Department at 708.386.3800
- Keep animals on a leash no longer than eight feet in public parks, school grounds and other public properties
- Bring only service animals into public buildings, food establishments or stores
- Do not allow a pet to make excessive or annoying noise, create noxious odors or damage the property of others
Limits on animals on private premises
Village ordinance limits the number of animals on private premises as follows:
- Single-family residences, townhomes, buildings or lots: Three dogs and/or two cats that run outside, or four cats that are kept indoors. No more than 10 of a combination of all types of permitted animals.
- Single units of two- or three-flat residential dwellings: Two dogs and/or cats that run at-large, or two cats that are kept indoors. No more than five of a combination of all types of permitted animals.
- Multi-family residential building containing four or more dwelling units: Two dogs and/or cats that are kept indoors, or one cat if allowed to run outside. No more than five of a combination of all types of permitted animals.
Generally, pigs, swine, sheep, cattle, horses, goats or similar animals; naturally wild animals except fish and birds; no more than one pigeon or two rabbits, two guinea pigs, two gerbils or two fowl.