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Animal Ordinances


The information below covers the most commonly asked questions about laws dealing with cats and dogs in the City of Aurora. It will cover 13 sections in Chapter 9 which contains the Laws about cats and dogs. This page does not list all the provisions of each section and is written in common English to make the laws easier to understand.

To receive a copy of the entire Chapter 9 (written in legal terms), call the City of Aurora Animal Control at (630) 256-3630.

Any Animal Control Officer can enforce and write citations for violations.

Section 9-2: Limit of Animals

There is a limit of four (4) domestic animals per household. This would only include two (2) dogs and two (2) cats. This would only apply to dogs and cats. The only exception to this section is if prior to March 2000, you had 3 of one species.

Section 9-3: Registration of Dogs and Cats

A city registration tag is required of every person who owns a dog or cat within the City of Aurora. The tag may be purchased at the City of Aurora Animal Control & Care Facility. License tags will need to be displayed at all times on the collar of the animal.

Section 9-8: Rabies Vaccination

All dogs and cats that are four (4) months or older should be vaccinated for rabies. This should be done at your veterinarian once a year. The vaccination tag should be worn by your pet at all times.

Any dog or cat that has not been vaccinated for rabies would be declared a public nuisance and may be impounded by order of the Animal Control Manager or his/her designee.

Section 9-10: Animal at Large

No person who owns, keeps or harbors a domestic animal shall cause or permit such animal to run at large within the city. Any domestic animal running at-large is hereby declared a public nuisance, whether currently licensed or not, and may be promptly impounded as provided in this chapter.

(Definition of domestic animal at large means any animal that is not leashed and under the control of the owner or responsible person over ten (10) years of age. If the animal is on the owner’s property, it is at large if it is not contained on the property by means of invisible fence with appropriate signage, fence, chain, owner’s direct supervision, leash or other visible means of restraint sufficient to protect pedestrians on public property.)

Section 9-11: Animal Disturbing the Peace

It is unlawful for any owner of an animal to allow such animal to bark, howl, cry or make other frequent noise to disturb the peace and quiet of any place, family, person or neighborhood.

Section 9-12: Nuisance Feeding Prohibited

Feeding of any cat by any means, including hand feeding or setting out of food left attended or unattended, will be declared a public nuisance.

Section 9-13: Bites and attacks, vicious animals

It is the duty of every owner of an animal to prevent such animal from biting or attacking any person, animal or property of another. Any animal without provocation, bites or attacks will be declared a nuisance, and may be impounded by the Animal Control Manager or Animal Control Officer. The Animal Control Manager may allow the owner to retain ownership but only with restrictions placed on the owner in writing.

Vicious animals must be confined indoors by its owner or if confined outside only in a sided enclosure (four sides and roof). If the enclosure does not have a floor the sides of the enclosure must be embedded into the ground no less than two(2) feet deep.

A vicious animal is not permitted to leave the property without prior written approval of the Control Manager or his/her designee. If permission is given the animal must be muzzled and restrained by a leash and the control of the owner.

Owner of a vicious animal must display on their property a sign indicating “WARNING - VICIOUS ANIMAL KEEP AWAY.” A similar sign is also to be placed on the exterior of the enclosure where the animal is kept. The sign must be visible from the public right of way and from fifty (50) feet from the animal's enclosure.

A vicious animal must be spayed or neutered at the owner's expense, within thirty (30) days of the when the dog was deemed vicious.

Within ten (10) business days of the animal being declared vicious, the owner must provide proof of liability insurance, including coverage of claims arising from the conduct of the owner’s animal, in an amount not less than $250,000. The insurance company must notify the Animal Control Department not less than thirty (30) days prior to cancellation of coverage.

Any violation of this section could result in the impoundment of the animal and it being declared a public nuisance. The owner would have no right to redeem the animal.

Section 9-14: Dangerous Animals

No person shall own, keep or harbor within the City:

  1. Any snake, reptile, lizard that could injure a person by bite, poison or constriction.
  2. Any lion, tiger, cougar, jaguar, panther, bobcat, mountain lion, lynx, ocelot, leopard or any hybrid thereof.
  3. Any wolf, coyote, jackal, fox, wild dog, or hybrid.
  4. Bear or bison.
  5. Any rodent weighing more than one (1) pound, with the exception of guinea pigs.
  6. Any monkey, gorilla, chimpanzee or ape-like primate.

Section 9-17: Removal of Excreta

The owner of every animal will be responsible for the removal and sanitary disposition of excreta deposited by his animal. When walking a dog the owner must have on their person suitable means for the removal of such excreta.

Section 9-19: Humane Care for Animals

Every owner must provide for each of their animals:

  1. Sufficient quantity of good, wholesome food and water.
  2. Provide Shelter and protections from the weather.
  3. Veterinary care when needed.
  4. Humane care and treatment.

Section 9-20: Cruelty to Animals

It is against the law to beat, torment, overload, over work, abuse or intentionally cause mutilation or inhumane death. Cruelty includes leaving a dog outside without food, shelter and water.

Leaving any animal in a motor vehicle, trailer or other enclosure which may place the health of the animal in a threatening situation due to exposure to heat or cold is prohibited.

Section 9-21: Animal Fighting

Fighting of animals or maintaining a location where animals fight is prohibited. No person should attend any activity involving a fight, for the purpose of sport, wagering or entertainment of animals.

Section 9-27: Fees

Registration Fees
  1 Year 3 Year Senior Citizen
Registered Show cat/dog or
Altered and Micro-chipped cat/dog
Free N/A N/A
Altered cat/dog $10 $20 $5
Unaltered cat/dog $50 N/A $25

Reclaim Fees

All animals reclaimed must be microchipped before leaving. The fee for microchipping is $15.

  • First Offense - $20
  • Second Offense - $30
  • Third Offense - $50
  • Fourth Offense - $100
  • Fifth Offense - $200
  • Sixth Offense - $300



Daily Boarding Fee


Release of Ownership

  • Aurora resident - $30
  • For animals whose owners live outside the city limits, the owner will pay twice the fee.

The Animal Control Manager and the Animal Control Officer(s) are deemed peace officers and may prepare and serve citations either in person or by certified mail.

Whenever a violation of this chapter is observed by the Animal Control Manager or any Animal Control Officer, they may request a hearing before the City of Aurora Administrative Hearing Officer.

The penalties for violating any provisions of the Animal Control Ordinance may result in fines ranging from $100 to $10,000 per violation, per day the violation exists.