Animal Control

Dog/Animal Ordinances
The following is a list of the common ordinances in the City that pertain to animals and pets:
  • Collar and Tags (Ordinance 2003-14, Section 5-2-4)
  • Disturbing the Peace (Ordinance 2003-14, Section 5-2-6)
  • Dog/Animal Waste (Ordinance 2003-14, Section 5-2-8)
  • Fierce Dogs (Ordinance 2003-14, Section 5-2-9)
  • Impound/Redemption Procedures (Ordinance 2003-14, Section 5-2-10)
  • Rabies Inoculation (Ordinance 2003-14, Section 5-2-3)
  • Running at Large (Ordinance 2003-14, Section 5-2-5)
  • Resisting/Interfering w/ Officers (Ordinance 2003-14, Section 5-2-7)
Kennel Zoning
Per section 10-2-3, any lot or premises or portion thereof on which more than 4 dogs, cats, and other household domestic animals over four 4 months of age are kept for sale, or on which more than 2 such animals are boarded for compensation constitutes the appropriate zoning for "Kennel, Commercial."

Collars & Restraints
The United City of Yorkville's Dog Ordinance states that dogs must be restrained/confined at all times. All dogs must have a collar or harness with an appropriate tag containing the owner's information.

Running At-Large
Any dog found upon a public street, sidewalk, alley or an unenclosed place shall be deemed running at-large unless the dog is firmly held on a leash or is in an enclosed vehicle.

Animal Clean-Up
Dog owners need to remember to clean up after animals. It is unlawful (and discourteous for dog owners to allow a dog to defecate on private property without permission of the property owners or on any public street, sidewalk or city park without properly disposing waste in a trash receptacle.

Barking Dogs
If you are having a problems with a barking dog in your neighborhood, it should be addressed as the same. Residents should contact their Neighborhood Watch block captain and express concerns in a non-emotional but assertive manner. This issue should then be brought up at the next block meeting. The Police Department can also be contacted and have a representative at your meeting to help explain the ordinance and state laws regarding your concerns. Your 1st step is to approach this problem as a neighborhood, not as an individual.