Animal Ordinance

Town Code updates
As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of local laws and codes. From time to time, those local laws need to be reviewed. The Town has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Town's Code related to animals. 

Save the Date: Open house Jan. 31

6-8 p.m. 
Town Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Wilcox St.
Join us to learn about proposed changes and ask questions, or submit your question online. We'll answer your questions online and during the open house. Give us your feedback. 

Learn about the research

The Town researched legal authority, studied neighboring communities' laws and more. The Town also received hundreds of comments. Here are some of the top take-aways.
  • Research shows bans can be difficult to enforce: research and review of court cases  shows the animal’s behavior is a better indicator of aggressiveness than breed.
  • Residents who responded favored lifting the Town's breed-specific ban: On this topic, we received about 300 comments. About 209 were from residents, 36 were from non-residents, and 76 were undefined as residents or non-residents. In that, 128 residents were in favor of lifting the ban on pit bulls. 
  • We need to be specific about chickens. Town Code currently allows chickens as part of a total number of allotted animals, but feedback indicated we should be more specific. The changes propose to address the permitted number of chickens as well as cooping requirements and humane treatment. Roosters would be prohibited. 
  • We need to be specific about bees. We recommend including bees with the Animal Code, rather than zoning provisions where it currently lives. 
  • We need to clarify number of animals. Currently, our Code limits the total number of all animals. The proposal suggests updating this area of the Code to be more specific about dogs and cats.

Next steps: Recommended changes will be proposed to Town Council

During this review, the Town has considered community feedback, researched legal authority and studied neighboring communities' laws and more. Now, the Town has some changes to recommend to Town Council. It's important to note, Town Council has NOT approved these proposed changes, and there will be additional time for public comment before Council makes its decision. Give us your feedback.

  • Lift the Town’s current breed-specific ban and replace it with a two-tiered dangerous and potentially dangerous provision
  • Keep the licensing requirement 
  • Clearly define service and emotional support animals
  • Allow chickens and bees with clear guidelines
  • Better define the number and types of animals allowed
  • Clearly prohibit wildlife feeding (except birds)
  • Incorporate new state and federal laws related to the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act
  • Update penalty and enforcement provisions
Read a memo or watch a video presentation on these proposed changes. 

Previous open house information 

As the Town reviewed this ordinance, your feedback has been key. The Town hosted an open house on April 11, 2017. (View the information presented.) More than 100 people attended the open house and provided feedback. More than 300 people have also given feedback online. Thank you! 

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Special note

Please note that these codes are separate from HOA rules and regulations.