Resources & Reports
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County Animal Ordinance
Effective March 1, 2016, the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) has passed a Unified Animal Ordinance. The Unified Animal Ordinance applies to all of the unincorporated parts of Orange County fully, and the towns have adopted the bulk of it as their framework. However, inside the corporate limits of each town certain sections and areas will remain different. The unified ordinance aims to have a common framework and fills many gaps and inconsistencies that previously existed in having three entirely separate ordinances.
Unified Animal Ordinance (with November 2016 amendments)
Freqeuently Asked Questions about the Unified Animal Ordinance
Chapel Hill, Carrboro, & Hillsborough Ordinances
All of the towns have adopted the bulk of the Unified Animal Ordinance (above) as their framework, but will retain certain sections of their previous ordinances.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro have adopted the bulk of the Unified Ordinance, but retains several sections that can be found in the links below:
Chapel Hill remaining ordinance sections
Carrboro Town Code with remaining sections
Click for the Carrboro Livestock Application. Check out this helpful information about Keeping Backyard Chickens in the Town of Carrboro.
Hillsborough adopts the county ordinance but has a few sections inside the corporate town limits that have additional restrictions and regulations. Those can be found in the code below.
Monthly Reports for Animal Sheltering
Graphical Data for Animal Sheltering
Effective November 19th, 2009, Orange County's Animal Ordinance will restrict the tethering of dogs to a maximum of 3 hours within a 24-hour period. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the amendment, along with a year of outreach and a number of specific exceptions, in November of 2008.
Please find below the ordinance amendment itself and supporting documents related to the amendment.
Animal Services Standard Operating Guidelines
Tethering Progress Reports
The Town of Chapel Hill has enacted its own set of tethering restrictions, effective March 23, 2010.
Influenza in Pets and Other Animals