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Limitations on Keeping Animals

Garden Grove Municipal Code section 6.04.060 limits the total number of any animals kept on residential property to four. An animal permit may be filed with Animal Care Services to request additional cats or dogs. Additional cats and dogs must be vaccinated and licensed prior to requesting an Animal Permit.
The following animals may be permitted on properties zoned for residential use:

GGMC 6.04.060: Limitations

A. A maximum of four of the following or four of any combination of the following shall be permitted:

  1. A maximum of four dogs, four months of age or older, shall be permitted on any premises within the corporate city limits;
  2. A maximum of four roaming cats, four months of age or older, shall be permitted on any premises within the corporate city limits;
  3. A maximum of four fowl, rabbits, birds, or household pets, or any combination thereof shall be permitted on any premises within the corporate city limits subject to the following condition: Fowl, rabbits, birds, or household pets (excluding dogs and cats) shall be kept at all times in a fully enclosed pen, coop, cage, or similar appropriate enclosure and shall maintain a minimum setback of 25 feet from all adjacent dwelling units and all property lines.

B. Five or more cats, kept at all times in enclosed catteries, shall be permitted on any premises within the corporate City limits and shall comply with all regulations adopted by the City Council.

C. A maximum of 10 parakeets shall be permitted on any premises within the corporate City limits subject to the following condition:
Parakeets shall be kept at all times in a fully enclosed pen, coop, cage, or similar appropriate enclosure and shall maintain a minimum setback of 25 feet from all adjacent dwelling units and property lines.

D. A maximum of 10 racing pigeons shall be permitted on any premises within the corporate City limits subject to the following condition:
Racing pigeons shall be kept at all times in a fully enclosed pen, coop, cage, or similar appropriate enclosure and shall maintain a minimum setback of 25 feet from all adjacent dwelling units and all property lines.

E. A maximum of 100 pigeons, kept at all times in a fully enclosed pen, coop, cage, or similar appropriate enclosure that maintains a minimum setback of 25 feet from all adjacent dwelling units and all property lines, may be permitted on any premises within the corporate City limits subject to a conditional use permit, as set forth in Title 9 of the Garden Grove Municipal Code.

To obtain an Animal Permit application or to find out more information about the application process, please contact the Garden Grove Animal Care Services at (714) 741-5565.

For more information, please refer to Garden Grove Municipal Code.