Field Services (Animal Control)

Animal Services' Field Operations, commonly known as Animal Control, section provides animal care and control services throughout the County of San Luis Obispo. Patrolling an area which covers more than 3600 square miles and includes each of the county's seven incorporated cities, our officers work to promote the safety and welfare of both animals and people in our community.

Animal Laws and Ordinances

California State Law

The State of California has adopted numerous laws addressing a wide range of animal related issues, ranging from topics such as animal cruelty, rabies control, and pet store operations, to the regulation of dangerous animals, the use of service animals, and the issuance of pet insurance policies. These laws apply throughout the state, including both the incorporated and unincorporated communities of San Luis Obispo County.

More specific information on California's animal laws can be found on the California Legislative Information web page.

County Code

The County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors has adopted additional ordinances which further address the care, keeping, and management of animals. The majority of these ordinances are contained in Title 9 of the County Code. Additionally, the keeping of some types of animals, particularly livestock and agricultural animals, within the county may also be subject to the County's Land Use Ordinance (Title 22). These laws apply throughout the unincorporated areas of the county.

Municipal Codes

Each of the county's seven incorporated communities have adopted their own municipal codes which contain sections addressing the care, keeping, and management within their individual city limits. 


Related Services

Aggressive and Dangerous Animal Response
Animal Welfare and Abuse Investigations
Nuisance Animal Investigations