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The City of Fullerton has adopted, by reference, Orange County Animal Control regulations regarding the licensing and maintaining of animals. There are also specific sections of the Fullerton Municipal Code which are designed to help citizens make “good neighbors” of their pets. Following is that information:

  • Leash laws
    • Dogs may not run loose in City parks and playgrounds, and must be kept on leashes. Leashes may not be longer than 10 feet.
    • Dogs are permitted only in park parking lots or on the walkways adjacent to the lots unless an area has been specifically posted allowing it.
    • Owners must also curb their pets in public areas, and are expected to clean up after their animals.
    • More on Orange County Leash Laws
    • Visit Pooch Park for an off-leash dog area.

Please Note: Animal control laws prohibit any owner from allowing his or her animal “either willfully or through failure to exercise proper control, to trespass or be upon any private property of another person without the consent of such person.”

  • Dogs and cats
    • Owners of single-family homes on lots of 20,000 square feet in size or less are allowed a maximum of four pets per household, no more than three of which can be dogs, plus a pet’s offspring under 4 months of age. Homeowners may have four dogs with a noncommercial kennel license from the Orange County Animal Shelter. One additional dog or cat may be kept on lots in excess of 20,000 square feet.
    • Persons who live in apartments, condominiums, duplexes or mobile homes are allowed a maximum of two adult dogs or cats, or one of each, plus their offspring under 4 months. However, this does not supersede a management or homeowners’ association agreement or regulation regarding the keeping of animals which is at least as stringent as the City requirements.
    • Dog Licensing
      • All dogs in Orange County over the age of four (4) months are required by law to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. Residents owning or having custody of any dog must license the dog within fifteen (15) days of acquisition or within fifteen (15) days after the license becomes due. Residents must provide proof of a California approved rabies vaccination to obtain a license (OCCO 4-1-70).
    • Cat Licensing
      • Cat licensing is optional and available through OC Animal Care.
  • Livestock and other animals
    • Residents may keep small livestock such as poultry (except crowing roosters) and rabbits provided no coops or pens are located within 30 feet of a house on an adjacent property.
    • Roosters are not allowed in the City of Fullerton. To report a rooster call 714-773-5704 with the address where the rooster is.
    • Equine and bovine animals such as horses, cattle and sheep are generally permitted in residential areas when the following conditions are met:
      • Two adult animals may be kept on a lot containing not less than 32,670 square feet of land.
      • One additional animal may be kept for each additional 15,000 square feet of land.
      • The offspring of bovine animals are considered adults when they are 6 months old, and of equine animals when they are 1 year old.
  • Wild animals
    • Keeping of wild animals in residential areas is prohibited, with the following exceptions:
      • birds, except as otherwise provided by law
      • hamsters
      • guinea pigs
      • white rats and/or mice
      • nonpoisonous snakes not exceeding 6 feet in length
      • turtles
      • nonpoisonous toads
      • lizards
      • salamanders
      • newts
      • chameleons
      • kangaroo rats
      • or fish, except piranha and walking catfish.

If you have further questions about local pet regulations, please call or visit the Code Enforcement Division of the Community Development Department at Fullerton City Hall. Our Code Enforcement Officers would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Code Enforcement Division
Community Development Department
Fullerton City Hall
303 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

If you have complaints about barking dogs, or questions about general Orange County animal regulations, please call: (714) 738-6553.

Orange County Animal Control

OC Pet Laws 

  • Daytime Operations - (714) 935-6848
  • Operations 5:30 p.m. - 7 a.m. - (714) 935-7158
  • The Orange County Animal Shelter is located at:
    • 561 The City Drive South
      Orange, CA 92868
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