The City of Birmingham has several pet regulations designed to keep pets and people safe. Here are some useful reminders:

  • All dogs must be on a chain or leash and under the reasonable control of some person at all times. It is unlawful for any owner of any dog to permit the dog to go beyond the premises of such owner unless restrained by a chain or leash and under reasonable control.
  • All dogs and cats four months old or over must have a license. All dogs and cats shall be immunized against rabies, prior to issuance of a license. Licenses are issued by the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall. For a more complete list of rules and information on pet regulations, go to: If you have any questions regarding the Animal Ordinance you may call the Police Department at 248.530.1889 or the City Clerk’s office at 248.530.1880.