Animal Control

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita contracts with the County of Orange for Animal Control Services. Enforcement requests must be made through the County of Orange Animal Control Services.

Rules & Regulations

Listed below are some of the rules and regulations governed by the Rancho Santa Margarita Municipal Code and/or County of Orange.

Allowable Animals

  • 3 adult dogs or cats are allowed per household. If you wish to have more than the allowable number, you must receive an Annual Maintenance Permit from Orange County Animal Control.
  • Dogs over the age of 4 months who have been in the City more than 30 days are required to have a dog license and shall wear the license at all times. Licenses are issued through Orange County Animal Control.
  • Property owners or occupants are responsible for any animal cry or sound, which may disturb the peace and comfort of the neighbors.
Animal Care
Animal waste must be removed and disposed of by the person having custody of the animal. It must be disposed of in a sanitary manner.

Orange County Animal Control Phone Numbers

Need , Complaint, or Service
Phone Number
Animal Bites
Barking Dogs
Dog Licensing