Pet Ordinances

The City of St. Charles has ordinances for pet owners to follow in order to help keep people and pets happy. The following is a brief summary of these ordinances:
  • All animals must be on a 6-foot leash at all times when off the owner's property or be restrained on the owner's property.
  • All animals must be provided with wholesome food, clean water, shelter, and health care necessary to maintain the animal's good health.
  • All dogs, cats, ferrets, and other domestic animals are required to be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian by the age for 4 months and be registered with the St. Charles County Rabies Control. All pets must be current every year and display their current rabies vaccination tag.
  • The number of animals at a residence shall not exceed more than 2 dogs or 3 cats, or any combination of such animals exceeding 4 in number of the age of 6 months (request copy of full ordinance for exceptions to limit).
  • City ordinance prohibits anyone keeping on their premises any dog that frequently barks, howls, whines, or yelps causing fear or annoyance to persons living in the immediate area.
  • Any person having physical control/possession of any animal is responsible for disposing of any fecal matter deposited by that animal. This includes but not limited to the owner's private property, another person's private property, vacant property, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, common ground areas, and all public park areas.
To review the complete set of city ordinances, please visit our ordinances page.