Animal Control

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The Village requires annual licenses for cats and dogs over the age of six months. You must provide a current rabies certificate in order to purchase animal licenses each year. Licenses are $10 with neutered/spayed verification and $20 for unaltered animals. This year, the deadline has been extended to September 1. 

Due to COVID-19, animal licenses cannot be purchased in person until July. Beginning June 1, purchase animal licenses online or mail the application and a check payable to the Village of Northbrook to:  

Village of Northbrook
Attn: Animal License
1225 Cedar Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062

Deceased Animals

Removal of a deceased animal from private property is the property owner’s responsibility. The property owner can double-bag the animal and place it in the trash or contract a private service. The Police Department (847-664-4470) can provide information on local service options. Contact a veterinarian or animal shelter for the cremation or disposal of pets.

Report dead birds with no obvious cause of death to the Cook County Department of Public Health for a West Nile Virus evaluation.

Use GONorthbrook or call the Police Department at 847-664-4470 to report a deceased animal on public property or a street.

Report Animal Abuse or Issues

If you suspect animal abuse, submit a non-urgent concern via GONorthbrook. If you witness animal abuse, call 9-1-1.

To report a lost or stray animal or an issue with excessive barking, contact the Police Department at 847-564-2060.

Managing Wildlife

All wildlife within the Village of Northbrook is the property of and protected by the State of Illinois. Under state law, residents that wish to trap and remove animals from their property must obtain a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or use a licensed service.

The Village has negotiated discounted nuisance wildlife trapping services with Northwest Suburban Animal Control. Northwest Suburban Animal Control will perform animal trapping services for skunks, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, and chipmunks at Northbrook single-family homes. The initial inspection, setting of the trap, and daily monitoring Monday through Friday is $95.00. Animal pick up/removal is $45.00/animal. To schedule services with Northwest Suburban Animal Control, call 847-934-1900 or text 847-502-3518. Residents are not required to use Northwest Suburban Animal Control.

There are many options for residents who are unable or do not wish to remove an animal. The Human Society offers information on digging animals, skunks, and wildlife babies

It is illegal to harbor, have ownership of, or ground feed wild animals, except at an approved facility. Residents may keep above ground bird feeders.


The Chicagoland area has seen a dramatic increase in the coyote population since the 1990’s, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources estimates there are more than 30,000 coyotes in Illinois. While coyotes usually reside in wooded areas, they occasionally enter residential neighborhoods. Research shows that trapping coyotes is not a long-term solution because once a coyote is removed, others quickly replace it. The Urban Coyote Research Program offers additional information on managing coyotes. 

Breeders and Hobbyists

It is unlawful for any person to own, keep, care for, have custody of, or knowingly permit more than three dogs or cats, in any combination thereof, to be upon any property in the Village. Certain instances, including professional breeders and hobbyists, are exempt. Review, complete, and submit the breeder and hobbyist application and supplemental materials to receive the appropriate permit.