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Animal Restrictions

Household Pet Limit

Pair of DogsThe City of Aurora's pet limit is for the entire household. A combination of different animals is allowed but cannot exceed the limit for each species.
  • Dogs - 3
  • Cats - 5
  • Ferrets - 3
  • Rabbits - 2

City Council Removes Dog-Breed Restrictions

American Staffordshire TerrierIn January 2021, the Aurora City Council approved the removal of dog breed restrictions from city ordinance. As of Feb. 14 2021, residents are allowed to own American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier dogs inside city limits. There are no longer any dog breed restrictions in the city.

As part of the change, owners of American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers are required to license their dogs with the city, just as is mandatory for all Aurora dog and cat owners. Pet licenses are important for ensuring a healthy pet population in the city, because a current rabies vaccination is required for obtaining a license. Also, a license helps reunite pets with their families in case they ever get lost. Learn more at Pet License or call 303.326.8280.


Livestock is not permitted unless allowed by zoning provisions of the City Code. Livestock includes but is not limited to horses, donkeys, llamas, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, peacocks, turkeys, roosters, pigeons, geese or other poultry, fowl or mink. Hens and ducks are allowed; however, a permit is required prior to having hens and ducks your property. For more information on owning hens visit the Chickens and Ducks webpage.

Exotic Animals

Exotic, dangerous, and wild animals cannot be owned, sold, possessed or harbored within the city limits. Such animals include, but are not limited to:
  • Poisonous or venomous animals
  • Nonvenomous snakes over six feet long from tip of nose to end of tail.
  • Other reptiles longer than three feet from tip of nose to end of tail.
  • Primates
  • Bears
  • Marsupials, squirrels, raccoons, porcupines, skunks, badgers, or other like species (except for ferrets).
  • Any feline species that is not commonly classified as a domesticated house cat (i.e., lion, tiger, bobcat, lynx, etc.).
  • Foxes, wolves, wolf hybrids, coyotes, or other canine species other than dogs.
  • Crocodilians and monitor lizards.

More information can be obtained through our city ordinances in Chapter 14.
Any questions regarding the city's stance on animal rules, regulations and restrictions can be directed to Animal Services.

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