Jacksonville's Animal Ordinance & Enforcement

For the current version of the Animal Control Ordinance, please see Chapter 462 of the Jacksonville Municipal Code.

Animal Care and Protective Services enforces city ordinances and state laws relating to domestic animals for the protection of both the human and animal populations of Jacksonville. Our goal is to promote responsible pet ownership, offer healthy, friendly and loving pets to the community and to reunite lost pets with their owners.


Notarized affidavits are one way we can enforce certain animal ordinances without Animal Care & Protective Services field officers witnessing the incident directly. You can fill out affidavits for animal cruelty, objectionable noise (barking) for over 20 minutes, destruction of property and other matters. Note: Some violations require more than one affidavit from unrelated households.

You can download the affidavit and instructions here. The completed affidavits can be delivered to Animal Care & Protective Services, 2020 Forest St., Jacksonville, FL 32204 via U.S. mail or in person. It is important that they are the original copies and are notarized appropriately.


Call 630-CITY or go online to report violations and other animal-related issues such as:

  • Animal at Large
  • Animal Nuisance
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Animal in Distress
  • Animal Bite

An Animal Code Enforcement Officer will be dispatched to investigate and address the issue.

Animal Care and Protective Services
2020 Forest St.
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904) 630-CITY (2489)