Muni Codes

Animal Bites (PAMC 6.32.020)

California law requires any dog or cat who bites a human and breaks the skin (with teeth) to be quarantined for 10 days from the day and time of the bite. Doctors and the public are required to report animal bites to Animal Control (650-329-2413) immediately. An Animal Control Officer will quarantine the animal (usually in the animals home) or at the shelter if quarantine at in the home is not possible.


Barking Dogs (PAMC 6.20.140)

Animal Services investigates complaints of excessive noise created by animals. An animal violates the noise ordinance when it whines, cries, or barks continuously for 10 minutes, regardless of the time of day.

Provide your dog with a quiet area of your home, garage, or yard while you are away, so that barking will not disturb your neighbors. Animal Services can provide you with training suggestions for controlling problem barking.

Leash Required (PAMC 6.16.100)

Any dog or puppy must be controlled on a leash by an able-bodied person, at all times, even when under supervision, whenever the dog is on public property. This includes all parks, sidewalks, streets, school grounds and the Baylands marsh areas or while on an unenclosed lot. Training collars, or "invisible leashes" are not considered leashes. The leash law is strictly enforced, and you may receive a citation for a violation. Certain dog exercise areas have been created as playgrounds for exercising your dog off leash. Contact the Palo Alto Parks Dept. at 650-496-6962 for a list of current parks.


Animal At Large (PAMC 6.20.010)

Besides cats, no domestic animal shall be allowed to roam free on any public or private land with out being properly restrained.


Licenses and Tags (PAMC 6.16.010)

Please see our Dog Licencing page.

Number of Dogs and Cats Allowed (PAMC 6.16.080 & 6.20.110)

You may not keep more than three dogs and three cats at any street address within the communities, unless you hold a valid kennel license. Moreover, you may not keep more than one unspayed female dog and one unspayed female cat at any residence.

Pet Litter (PAMC 6.20.045)

It is not only inconsiderate to allow your pet to defecate on public property and not clean up after the animal, it is also against the law. You must clean up after your pet when it relieves itself on a sidewalk, street, in the entryway to any multiple dwelling or business used in common by the public, or on private property. Help keep our part of the peninsula a clean and safe place to live.

Dangerous Animals (PAMC 6.28.030 & 6.28.040)

If you have an animal which shows a propensity for aggression or bites, the City may deem your animal "Dangerous." You may be required to obtain a permit, remove, or destroy the animal after a hearing. Obeying other municipal codes designed to protect animals and you (i.e. leash law) can minimize the potential of your animal being declared dangerous by the City.