Animal Control

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

Rules & Regulations

Listed below are some of the rules and regulations governed by the Rancho Santa Margarita Municipal Code, Adopted Urgency Ordinance No. 16-08 Animal Control.

Allowable Animals

  • 5 adult dogs or cats are allowed per household. Every person owning or having custody of five (5) or more dogs or cats over the age of four (4) months, for the purpose as described in Section 5.12.1100, must apply for an additional animal license from the City of Mission Viejo.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

Animal Control Services Contact Information

Need , Complaint, or Service
Phone Number
Animal Bites
(949) 470-3045
Barking Dogs
(949) 470-3045
Dog Licensing
(949) 470-3045