Animal Licensing

The City requires the licensing or permitting of certain animals. 

Dogs
All dogs must be licensed with the City. The fee is $10.00, and proof of rabies vaccination needs to be provided. A new license is required when a new rabies shot is required.  No residence may keep more than two dogs unless a Private Kennel License is obtained.  Also, there are rules regarding the keeping of dogs on a leash, barking, etc. You can read the complete ordinance regarding rules for dogs here: City Code - Article 5   (Article 5-100)

A dog license may be applied for in person at City Hall or by mailing the application, a copy of the proof of rabies vaccination and a check for $10.00 to City of Ham Lake,  15544  Central Avenue NE, Ham Lake, MN 55304.  You can also download the license application here.

Private Kennel License
Any residence keeping more than two dogs must obtain a Private Kennel License.  You can read the complete ordinance, governing the application process and conditions for issuance here: City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-150)

Public Kennel License
A “Public Dog Kennel” means a kennel where dogs owned by others are boarded for a fee.  You can read the complete ordinance governing the application process and conditions for issuance here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-160)

Horses, Donkeys or Mules
No person, firm or corporation will keep, stable or maintain horses, donkeys or mules within the City on land other than lands classified as R-A without first obtaining a permit from the City.  You can read the complete ordinance governing the application process and conditions for issuance here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-200)

Animal Permits
Domesticated pets mean dogs, cats, tropical fish, goldfish, parrots, parakeets, gerbils, hamsters, and rabbits.  Except domesticated pets, and as permitted under Chapter 5-200, no raising, breeding, keeping or occupancy of livestock, poultry or other animals shall be permitted on any lands other than those zoned R-A Rural Single Family Residential.  In land zoned R-A such activities may be permitted on parcels in excess of five contiguous acres, provided the occupant has obtained an Animal Permit.  Animal Permits shall be issued by the Zoning Officer upon approval by the City Council, which may impose such conditions on this issuance of such permits as the Council may deem appropriate.  You may read the complete information regarding Animal Permits here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-300) (See also below for certain exceptions.)

Exception for White Tailed Deer
White Tailed Deer, as that species is commonly known, shall be allowed in areas zoned other than R-A by Temporary Conditional Use Permit, but only under controlled circumstances.  You may read the complete information here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-301)

Exception for Certain Reptiles
Non-venomous snakes or lizards may be considered to be Domesticated Pets and kept by their owners in all of the zoning districts of the City under certain conditions.  You may read more here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-320)

Raising Chickens
The raising of Chickens in areas zoned R-1 or RS-1 shall be allowed by Temporary Conditional Use Permit (TCUP) issued in conformance with the provision of the City Code.  You may read  about the rules governing the application and conditions for issuance here:  City Code-Article 9 (Article 9-380)

Keeping of Certain Pigeons
The raising of Pigeons shall be allowed by Temporary Conditional Use Permit (TCUP) issued in conformance with provisions of the City Code.  You may read about the rules governing the application and conditions for issuance here:  Ordinance 11-08