Pet Regulations

Number/Types of Pets Allowed & Leash Law

Lakewood city ordinances permit no more than two dogs and no more than two cats per household. Lakewood also requires dog owners to license their pets within 60 days of moving to the city or getting a dog. Lakewood has a "leash law" which requires owners to leash their dog when it is off the owner's property, and requires that dogs on leashes are "securely and continuously held by a competent person."

For other types of animals, a resident may have up to five chickens, rabbits, ducks, and pigeons.  Roosters are not allowed within city limits.  For more information on other types of animals a resident may keep in Lakewood, please call Customer Service at 562-866-9771, extension 2140 or send an email to

Buying a dog license

SEAACA (South East Area Animal Control Agency) issues all pet licenses for Lakewood. Learn more about pet licensing at Check SEAACA's website at or call them at (562) 803-3301.

Dog licenses must be purchased within 60 days of adopting the dog or moving into Lakewood. The only way to buy this initial license is by going to the SEAACA office. SEAACA is located at 9777 Seaaca St., Downey, CA 90241. See SEAACA's business hours and directions to their facility

For dogs over four months old, be sure to bring the rabies vaccination certificate good for the term of the license. No online or mail-in process is available to make this initial purchase.

The license fee for an unaltered (non-spayed or neutered) dog is $28 per year. Licenses for altered dogs are $14 per year.  (Licenses for cats are available, but are not required.)

The dog license period for Lakewood is from July 1 to June 30 of the given year and is renewed every year. A late fee is charged per license for dogs not licensed within 60 days of residing in the city or after July 31 for license renewals.

Renewing a dog license

Pet owners may renew a dog license three ways:

  • Visit SEAACA in person
  • Mail in the renewal
  • Attend one of Lakewood's city-sponsored pet vaccination clinics, Bow Wow and Meow Day, offered in June and July, where low-cost vaccinations and renewals can be handled easily on site. Sign up for Lakewood's free emagazine to be sure you receive notification of the upcoming clinics, or check the city's event calendar.

Owners who fail to re-license their dog annually must pay a late fee.

A dog license is required for many reasons, including the confirmation of vaccination against rabies (rabies certificate). Rabies is fatal to pets and dangerous to humans and is common in the wild animal population of Southern California.

With a dog license (and the required rabies vaccination), you protect your dog, your family and your community. 

Licenses help find lost pets

If your pet is lost, the chances of a happy recovery are dramatically increased if your pet wears its license tag along with a pet ID tag. Tags should include the owner's name, current address, and home and work phone numbers.

The best method is a combo collar ID tag and microchip. Shelters are more routinely scanning strays for microchips, which provide information that tracks to each owner.

Microchips are tiny, permanently encoded devices safely injected under the animal's skin. Having your pet "chipped" is fast and inexpensive. The SEAACA Animal Wellness Clinic microchips pets for $25.

Be sure to update your pets’ license and microchip information when changes in your residence or personal information occur. Pets wearing their licenses are held longer at animal care centers than unlicensed ones, which are placed up for adoption and may be euthanized after five days.