Pet Limit and Prohibited Pets

The City of Saint Louis division of Animal Care and Control understands that people often view pets as part of the family and that families come in all shapes and sizes. Many of us have furry, feathered, or reptilian family members of our own. However, in consideration of public health and safety, certain limits must be placed on the number and type of pets allowable.

No more than 4 animals may be kept on any one parcel of property within a residentially zoned district unless the property owner obtains a non-commercial kennel permit. Keep in mind, the limit is set by parcel, not person. If a multifamily dwelling is located on a single parcel of land, the total number of pets allowed on the property remains 4.

Examples of pets that may be counted toward the limited of four include: dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, and ducks. One potbellied pig per parcel of property is also allowed within the aggregate of four pets. Many exotic pets are prohibited within City limits. These include but are not limited to:  all species of bears; lions, tigers, all other big cats; gorillas, chimpanzees, and all non-human primates; foxes, wolves, coyotes, or any canine hybrid of the same; alligators, crocodiles, and caimans; all venomous snakes and any constrictor snake over 8 feet in length. Livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, and swine are also prohibited in the City.


Please see the Health Commissioner’s Order regarding the keeping of chickens within the City of St. Louis:

Health Commissioner Order-Chickens