Laws & Fees

Ordinances (Laws)

Responsible Pet Ownership is governed by a framework of humane laws and policies to ensure the protection of both pets and people. The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services enforces both City (Chapter 5) and State (Health & Safety Code, Chapters 821-829) animal laws.

Chapter 5 Animal ordinance 

Bolstering San Antonio’s progress towards becoming a safer and more humane community, City Council passed a number of enhancements to local animal laws, known collectively as the Chapter 5 animal ordinance in October. Proposed by Animal Care Services following eight months of community meetings and two comprehensive surveys, the changes to the laws include key changes such as:

  • A complete ban on the use of chains of any weight as tethering for dogs
  • Stricter spay neuter requirements for dogs legally declared Dangerous or repeatedly impounded for roaming by ACS
  • Authorizing ACS Officers to impound pets sold in illegal locations like roadsides or flea markets or those without a litter permit
  • Increase in the allowable number of chickens on a property within the city limits to eight (8) (housing restrictions still apply)
  • No more than one (1) rooster allowed per property within the city limits


New Chapter 5 Changes Flyer 

Bilingual flyer highlights key changes to the Chapter 5 animal ordinance. Find it here

Animal Laws - Did You Know?

One-page flyer summarizing Important City Animal related laws (.pdf) can be accessed and printed.

Responsible Pet Ownership Courses

For more information on Responsible Pet Ownership courses, please see our partner websites below:

San Antonio Pet Trainer's Alliance (SAPTA)