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Animal Control Changes Affect Cats and Dogs, Allow Chickens

Effective July 1, 2015 you must license your dog, cat or ferret in the City of Rockville. Any dog, cat or ferret over 4 months old must be licensed and, when off premises, wear a tag and collar, unless they are microchipped. Click here to obtain the Pet License Application to register your dog, cat or ferret today.

Backyard Chickens in the City of Rockville

Effective July 1, 2015, up to five female chickens (no roosters) may be kept for each single-family dwelling (no multi-family dwellings or townhouses) after obtaining a $25 annual permit and providing written notice to neighbors. Chickens must be kept in predator-proof coops and cages that are at least 5 feet from the property line and 40 feet from adjacent homes. Coops and outdoor enclosures must be kept sanitary. Chickens may not be slaughtered on residential property. Click here for complete information about Backyard Chickens in Rockville and the require permit application.

Other changes to the city’s animal control ordinance that take effect July 1 include:
  • Tethering and sheltering: Changes specify the weight, length and types of tethers that can be used and require, for animals kept outdoors, a weatherproof shelter that allows the animal to stand up and turn around inside.
  • Off-leash: The city may create an off-leash area for dogs in a public recreation area.
  • Trap-neuter-return program: Animal rescue or welfare organizations and animal control may establish a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats that includes vaccinating the cats against rabies when they are trapped and neutered.
  • Fees: Updated fees include a licensing fee for dogs, cats and ferrets of $1 per month (altered) or $2 per month (unaltered). Fees for dogs, cats and ferrets owned by a senior citizen or handicapped individual or person on public assistance are 50 cents per month (altered) or $2 per month (unaltered).

For more information, please contact Animal Control at 240-314-8937.

Neighborhood Services and Animal Control
The Neighborhood Services Division's primary function is animal control, including the licensing of dogs, picking up deceased animals, handling complaints involving animals, handling animal bite complaints and enforcement of animal control laws. The division also assists with the enforcement of parking violations and abandoned automobiles.

Animal Control Regulation Reminders

Services and Information Offered by Animal Control