Laws & City Ordinances

Michigan Dog Laws & City Ordinances

  • All dogs must be licensed when they reach 4 months of age.
  • All dogs must wear a collar with the license attached at all times (except when hunting)
  • All dogs must be confined on the owner's property or on a leash, or under direct control at all times.
  • You may not allow your dog to attack or bite a person or injure or kill livestock and wildlife.
  • You must not permit your dog to trespass or destroy the property of others.
  • You may not possess any dog which shows vicious habits and molests passersby when lawfully in a public area.
  • You may not allow your dog to become a nuisance by loud and frequent barking, howling, or yelping.
  • You may not take your dog (except service dogs, accompanied by its owner) into a public park when the park is posted at the entrance prohibiting dogs.

Violations of any of the above may result in:

  • The animal involved being impounded
  • The owner being issued a summons to appear in court
  • A warrant being issued for the owner's arrest


Imprisonment in the County Jail for up to 93 days and or a fine of not more than $500.