A reminder that city parks are closed between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am, with the exception of Rotary Park which closes at 11:00 pm and re-opens at 6:00 am.


City ordinance prohibits anyone under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while operating or riding a bicycle, unicycle, skate board or scooter, roller scates, in-line scates.


It shall be unlawful within the limits of the City for any person to sell, expose or offer for sale, use, keep or discharge, or to explode any firecracker, bottle rocket, cherry bomb, colored smoke bomb, toy cap, blank cartridge, toy pistol or cannon in which explosives are used, contrivances using explosive caps or cartridges, sparklers, display wheels, the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel the same, firecrackers, torpedoes, sky rockets, Roman candles, aerial salutes, American or Chinese bombs or other fireworks of like construction, or any other fireworks containing any explosives of flammable compound.


No parking is allowed on state highways from 2:00 am to 6:00 am.  This includes S. Spring Street, Grand Avenue, N. Franklin Street and N. Wisconsin Street. This is in effect year-round.


The police department now accepts all major credit cards (except American Express) for payment of parking tickets, copies of reports, vehicle registrations and and registration renewals. (NOTE:  A service fee will be added.)


Telephone scams continue to plague our phone lines. Remember to NEVER give out personal information over the phone. The IRS or Social Security Administration WILL NOT call you to advise you of fraud or money owed. If you EVER receive a phone call and the caller tells you to get a prepaid card at a local store or wire money, it is most likely a scam. Verify with family members first if you receive a call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or other member of your family needing money sent overseas because they are in trouble. This is another scam.

*Never give personal information out over the phone*

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) 1-703-276-0100 and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 1-202-326-2222 are actively taking scam reports.  You can also go to the Federal Trade Commission website to report scams at:

Character Counts! Communities

The Port Washington/Saukville Character Counts! Communities has a new website. Please visit them at


Contesting A Parking Ticket

The Port Washington Police Department now offers a way for you to contest a parking ticket received from our department. Please click here.

Med-Return Drug Collection

The Port Washington Police Department has a Medication-Return Collection unit located in the lobby of the Police Dept. building at 365 N. Wisconsin St.  Monday thru Friday during normal business hours, residents can deposit unwanted or expired prescription medications in the drop unit for proper disposal. For more information, please visit the FDA website.

Regulation of Dogs and Cats

Keeping pets is becoming increasingly popular in households across the country. Recent studies estimate that around 63 percent of all U.S. households (71.1 million) are pet owners, and more than half of those households have more than one animal. The two most popular pets are dogs and cats. People keep pets for a variety of reasons including companionship, home security, teaching responsibility and enhancing behavior among children. However, being a pet owner carries with it certain obligations and responsibilities.

Assumptions and misunderstanding of City ordinances surrounding the keeping and maintenance of pets in the City and particularly dogs in public areas, including parks and beaches has prompted this guide.

The Port Washington Police Department and the Park and Recreation Department would like to make it very clear that we encourage and welcome dog owners and their dogs in our City parks and public ways, as long as they abide by the regulations set forth governing their behavior.

To help in understanding what is expected of pet owners when they walk a dog, visit a park, beach or other public area, we have included in this guide a summary of the Port Washington Animal Regulation ordinances.

Please protect yourself, your neighbors and your community by being a considerate and responsible pet owner.

The City will take appropriate actions, including the issuance of citations, if necessary, against individuals who do not abide by the regulations governing the keeping of pets within the City.


Winter Parking restrictions are in effect from December 1st to April 1st. No parking on any street within the city limits between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. 12/1 - 4/1 inclusive.