NYCHA’s Pet Policy

NYCHA’s Pet Policy

A household may own either one dog or one cat. There is a size limit for dogs. Dogs that are expected to weigh more than 25 pounds when full grown, based on a veterinarian’s estimate, are not permitted. Specifically prohibited dogs (full breed or mixed) include Doberman Pinchers, Pit Bulls, and Rottweilers. However, exceptions will be made for service and assistance animals.

Dogs and cats must be registered with NYCHA. Proof of vaccination and proof that the cat or dog has been spayed or neutered must be provided.

Dogs must always be kept on a leash, six feet long or less, while in a public area, such as lobbies, elevators, and development grounds. Animals that are vicious or threatening are forbidden. Residents can call 311 to report vicious or threatening dogs within their development.

Pets cannot create a nuisance, create unsafe or unsanitary conditions, cause harm or threaten other people, or damage any property. Pet owners must clean up after their pets and dispose of pet waste with household trash. It is important not to
flush pet waste down the toilet.

In addition, pets are not allowed to enter a “pet-free zone.” Signs in the development indicate where the “pet-free zones” are. These areas include Property Management Offices, playgrounds, community centers, laundry rooms, basement areas, and picnic areas.

Reasonable quantities of other pets such as small caged birds (parakeets, canaries), fish, and small caged animals (hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs), maintained in accordance with the New York City Health Code, are permitted. NYCHA does not require registration of these pets.

Read NYCHA's Pet Policy in full here.

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