What animals can I keep in El Cerrito?
As of April 2012, the City allows residents to keep the following animals:
• Dogs—County license required
• Cats—County license optional
• Domestic Rodents (e.g. rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs)
• Rabbits
• Fish
• Domestic reptiles and amphibians (e.g. lizards, snakes, frogs and turtles)
• Domestic Insects (other than honeybees) and other commonly kept arthropods (e.g. ants, spiders, millipedes, and hermit crabs)
• Birds, if kept indoors and not permitted to fly freely. (Birds flying freely or birds kept outdoors require a conditional use permit.)
• Chickens (hens only), honeybees, pigs and goats (as pets, or for personal sustainability at a hobby level only) with a City permit.

Wild or exotic animals are regulated by County and State law and shall not be permitted without a conditional use permit.

All animal-related home businesses (e.g. kennels, animals breeding, animal daycare, or selling animal products) require a conditional use permit.

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1. Does the City regulate the types and number of animals a resident can keep?
2. What animals can I keep in El Cerrito?
3. Who do I contact if I have questions about keeping animals in El Cerrito?
4. Does the City provide animal control services?