Laws & Ordinances

Below are links to the Codes and Resolutions in El Paso County, as well as the Colorado Revised Statutes pertaining to animals. This information is provided aconvenience for citizens. The Animal Law Enforcement department strives to keep this information current, but does not guarantee its accuracy. Citizens should always check with their local jurisdiction to ensure they have the most complete and accurate information available.

Colorado State Statutes
Title 18: Criminal Code
(Article 9 Offenses Against Public Peace, Order and Decency, Part 2 Cruelty to Animals)

El Paso County Law
El Paso County animal control resolutions only apply to the areas indicated on this map.

Colorado Springs City Code
Chapter 6: Neighborhood Vitality/Community Health
(Article 7 – 11 Regulation of Animals)

Fountain Municipal Code
Title 6: Regulation of Animals

Manitou Springs Municipal Code
Title 7: Animals 

Monument Municipal Code
Title 6: Animals


How Many Animals Can I Own?

City of Colorado Springs
City of Colorado Springs 6.7.106 (F)
up to 4 adult dogs and 4 adult cats
Unincorporated El Paso County up to 4 adult dogs or cats, or any combination, except in properly zoned areas for further zoning information, contact 719.520.6300 or click here
City of Fountain
City of Fountain 6.02.040 (F)
single family detached home: up to 6 dogs or cats, or any combination, with no more than 4 adults dogs; multi-family residences with a shared common wall: up to 2 dogs or cats, or any combination
City of Manitou Springs
City of Manitou Springs 7.03.010 (E)
up to 4 adult dogs and 4 adult cats
Town of Monument
Town of Monument 17.04.050
up to 6 adult dogs or cats, or any combination

Adult animal is defined as any dog or cat over the age of 4 months. There may be exceptions to the number and type of animals you can legally own (such as pot belly pigs, fowl (chickens, ducks, etc.), or certain hoofed animals). These exceptions will vary by jurisdiction. Please consult your city or county code and contact your local code enforcement/zoning department for more information.