NYCHA Pet Policy and Non-Compliance Complaint

NYCHA residents must submit a registration form for every dog, cat, assistance animal, or service animal within 30 days after it is obtained. Each household may own either one domesticated dog or one domesticated cat per apartment weighing no more than 25 pounds. 

Registration is free. Residents must submit a completed registration form, along with proof of current Rabies vaccination and proof the animal is spayed or neutered. Residents also should ensure that any dog is licensed with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. A dog or cat that is not registered with NYCHA is prohibited and may not reside in or visit a NYCHA apartment.  

As of February 1, 2010, specific breeds are restricted. These dog breeds (either full breed or mixed breed) are Doberman Pinscher, Pit Bull, and Rottweiler and are restricted unless they were registered before January 31, 2010. If they were not registered before January 31, 2010, they must be removed from NYCHA property. Assistance and service animals are not subject to breed or weight restrictions. 

Reasonable quantities of other pets, such as small caged birds, fish, and other small caged animals, such as hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs, are allowed when maintained in accordance with the City Health Code. These small pets do not need to be registered. 

Registration forms are available at NYCHA development management offices.

To report non-compliance with NYCHA’s Pet Policy, call the NYCHA Customer Contact Center at (718) 707-7771.