There are many reasons to license your pet in the City of Westland. One of which is that it is a City Ordinance which states you can only have three pets. Perhaps the most important reason is that if your pet gets lost, the license number around their neck is a means to identify them. We get many phone calls from considerate residents who have found an animal and inquire as to the owner (based on their license tag). We never give out the owner’s information but we do call the owner and let them know someone has found their pet. We have been able to reunite many families with their beloved pets.
You may purchase your pet’s license at the City Clerk's office. The only requirement is that your pet must have a rabies certificate from a veterinarian’s office showing the batch number of the serum used and for how many years the vaccination is valid. The fees are as follows:
Before March 1st:
Animal able to reproduce $12.00
Animal not able to reproduce $6.00
Late fee – after March 1 $2.00 added to above prices (This fee will be waived until May 31, 2020, due to the "Stay at Home" order and COVID-19.)
Replacement tag $2.00
If you are unable to purchase your license during normal business hours, you may purchase your license by mail. Follow the link, print and complete the form and include a copy of your pet's current rabies vaccination with your completed application and check or money order.
Pets must be licensed by the time they are four months old. If you are a new resident or if you acquire a new pet and it is after the March 1st deadline, the late fee will be waived. If you meet the previously stated two exceptions and if it is after August 31, the licensing fee will be cut in half to adjust for the partial calendar year and there will be no late fee.
Your pet must be licensed every year.
If you own a dog that has ever attacked, bitten or other wise harmed another animal or human being in an unprovoked manner or has been determined a "dangerous or vicious animal" by a court of law, your dog must be tattooed or micro-chipped. You must show documentation of this from your veterinarian before your animal can be licensed.
Anyone keeping four or more dogs must obtain a kennel license from the City of Westland. Please inquire at the Clerk's office as to these regulations.
If you have any questions, please call the Office of the City Clerk at 734-467-3185.