Animal Control & Licensing

animals-1-1410120Animal Control provides services to the City of Waukee that covers a wide range of animal problems. The complaints can be about picking up stray animals, checking on the welfare of an animal, barking dogs, or other animal ordinance violations. Pets must be vaccinated for rabies and if your pet bites someone it should be reported to the Waukee Police Department. All pets must on a leash when not in an enclosed yard or a fenced area. Nuisance laws are also in place to curb unreasonable barking and to help promote sanitary pet keeping.

Pet Licenses

Licenses for dogs and cats are required in the City of Waukee and are available at the following address:  
Waukee Police Department
1300 L.A. Grant Parkway
Waukee, IA 50263

They can be purchased Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The licenses are valid from January 1 through December 31 of each year. You must bring a copy of your animal's rabies vaccination. Costs are $15 for spayed or neutered pets and $25 for non-spayed or non-neutered pets.

The City is working on a more convenient, online licensing tool.
Stay tuned - that's expected to be functional December 2016. 


"Pooper-Scooper" Ordinance


The Code Enforcement Department regulates and enforces the property maintenance portion of the City Code. Within Waukee Municipal Code section 401.4(B)2 there is information regarding the abundance of refuse on properties, including animal feces. The City asks that everyone be courteous to their neighbor and pick up any trash or refuse that is created by them or their pets. Additionally, most parks in Waukee have plastic bags and disposals for pet waste. 

Barking Concerns & Strays


Code section 208.5, "Dogs Disturbing Persons," gives guidance on various nuisances that dogs may create within a neighborhood. Running at large, going onto other properties, and excessive barking are examples of nuisances that are addressed under the code section 208. A citizen may call Waukee Police Department at 515-978-7979 with questions or concerns about nuisances caused by animals. All impounded animals are taken to the Broderick Animal Clinic You may call them at 515-987-1447 and their address is: 
Broderick Animal Clinic
10 North 4th Street
Waukee, IA 50263

Broderick will hold all strays for a 10 day period to see if an owner will claim them. Owners must provide proof of a rabies vaccination that is current or Broderick will vaccinate before the animal is returned to it's owner. The owner is responsible for paying for the rabies vaccination and any of the days the pet spends at Broderick. Check Broderick's Facebook page for a detailed listing of strays found in Waukee.

Banned Animals & Breeds


Waukee Municipal Code Section 217 lists certain families of animals that are considered dangerous and therefore not allowed as pets within City limits. There are no specific breeds of dog prohibited, but there are regulations prohibiting vicious animals.

Number of Animals Per Residence


Waukee residents are restricted to owning no more than three dogs and three cats per household. If a residence has more than three dogs and three cats in a residential area, the residence is considered a kennel and rules specific to a kennel apply. You can view the ordinance 301.3 online.

For more information about City Code, please call 515-978-9533.