Because each city in the Omaha metro has different laws governing pet ownership, we’ve compiled a quick reference chart for you to determine what basic rules you need to follow to be within the guidelines of the law. (For a complete listing of city ordinances contact your city offices.)

Omaha

Number of Animals Allowed:
3 dogs and 5 cats
*Note: Omaha residents may apply for a pet avocation permit which allows up to 5 dogs and up to 6 cats—but no more than 8 pets total. An initial inspection fee of $100 is required at the time of application. An annual $50 permit fee is required thereafter. Pet Avocation Permit Applications are available at the Nebraska Humane Society and can be picked up at the front desk during business hours.

Animals Requiring Rabies Vaccinations:
dogs, cats and mini pigs

Revaccination Period:
*Every three years.
(*The longest duration vaccination allowed in Omaha is good for three years. Howeveranimals must always be current. So if you opt for a shorter duration shot you must update appropriately.)

Time Period to Reclaim Stray Pets:
3 days

Time Period you must have a pet to be considered an owner:
30 days

Pooper Scooper Law?
Yes, by city ordinance you must clean up after your pet.

Leash Law?
Dogs in Omaha are required to be on leash or confined in a yard at all times, however there is currently no leash law for cats. Dogs and cats who are not microchipped are required to wear collars and tags. If dogs or cats have microchips they are not required to wear license tags.

Dog/Cock Fighting Law?
Yes, it is illegal to pit animals against each other in the city of Omaha. Additionally it is a violation of state law and is punishable by fines and jail time.

Barking dog Law?
Yes it is illegal in Omaha for your dog to bark uninterrupted and disturb neighbors. If your dog is creating a nuisance Animal Control has the authority to remove your dog from your property to abate the nuisance. You are then required to impound out your dog subject to all fees and fines incurred.

Dog Transportation Law:
It is illegal for dogs to be transported in open pickup truck beds unless they are confined in a crate or anchored with cross ties. It is also illegal to transport a live animal in the trunk of an automobile.

Breeders Permit:
Any person who allows the breeding of a cat or dog (either intentionally or accidentally) is required to obtain a breeders permit for a $100 fee. If the offspring and mother are taken to the Nebraska Humane society for disposition, no fee is required. If the owner has the mother spayed within three months of producing a litter the $100 fee is refunded.

Anti Tethering: 
Dogs cannot be tied up outside (unattended) for more than 15 minutes at a time. The dog can be tied up outside longer than 15 minutes if there is an adult present.

Breed Specific Regulations:
If you own a pitbull or mix of the following dogs Pitbull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier,  American Bulldog, Presa Canario, Dogo Argentina, or Cane Corso you will be required to properly leash and muzzle your dog whenever he is outside, unless he is in a securely fenced yard. If you don’t have a fenced yard your dog will be required to be leashed, muzzled, and in control of a person 19 years of age or older any time he is outside. * Exceptions are dogs that qualify for the Breed Ambassador Program.

In Omaha, pet ordinances are listed under Chapter 6 of the city’s municipal code. For a complete look at chapter 6 click here to link to the Omaha City website.

Bellevue

Number of Animals Allowed:
3 animals over 6 months

Animals Requiring Rabies Vaccinations:
Dogs and Cats

Revaccination Period:
*Every three years.
 (*The longest duration vaccination allowed is good for three years. However animals must always be current. So if you opt for a shorter duration shot you must update appropriately.)

Time Period to Reclaim Stray Pets:
5 days

Time Period to be Considered an Owner:
10 days

Pooper Scooper Law?
Yes. The city of Bellevue requires owners to clean up after their pets.

Leash Law?
Yes. Dogs and Cats in Bellevue are required to be on leash or confined at all times.

Dog/Cock Fighting Law?
Yes, it is illegal to pit animals against each other in the city of Bellevue. Additionally it is a violation of state law and is punishable by fines and jail time.

Papillion

Number of Animals Allowed:
4 adult animals

Animals Requiring Rabies Vaccinations:
dogs and cats

Revaccination Period:
*Every three years.
(*The longest duration vaccination allowed is good for three years. However animals must always be current. So if you opt for a shorter duration shot you must update appropriately.)

Time Period to Reclaim Stray Pets:
5 days

Time Period you must have a pet to be Considered an Owner:
5 days

Pooper Scooper Law?
Yes. The city of Papillion requires owners to clean up after their pets.

Leash Law?
Yes. Dogs and Cats in Papillion are required to be on leash or confined at all times.

Dog/Cock Fighting Law?
Yes, it is illegal to pit animals against each other in the city of Papillion. Additionally it is a violation of state law and is punishable by fines and jail time.

La Vista

Number of Animals Allowed:
Resident can have up to three dogs and one cat, or up to three cats and one dog, for a total of four adult animals over 4 months of age.

Animals Requiring Rabies Vaccinations:
dogs and cats

Revaccination Period:
*Every three years.
(*The longest duration vaccination allowed is good for three years. However animals must always be current. So if you opt for a shorter duration shot you must update appropriately.)

Time Period to Reclaim Stray Pets:
5 days

Time Period you must have a pet to be Considered an Owner:
5 days

Pooper Scooper Law?
Yes. The city of Papillion requires owners to clean up after their pets.

Leash Law?
Yes. Dogs and Cats in Papillion are required to be on leash or confined at all times.

Dog/Cock Fighting Law?
Yes, it is illegal to pit animals against each other in the city of Papillion. Additionally it is a violation of state law and is punishable by fines and jail time.

Ralston

Number of Animals Allowed:
Residents can have up to two dogs and one cat or up to two cats and one dog for a total of three. (Residents cannot have 3 animals of the same species.)

Animals Requiring Rabies Vaccinations:
Dogs and Cats

Revaccination Period:
Every 2 years

Time Period to Reclaim Stray Pets:
3 days

Time Period You must have a pet to be Considered an Owner:
30 days

Pooper Scooper Law?
Yes. The city of Ralston requires owners to clean up after their pets.

Leash Law?
Yes. Dogs and Cats in Ralston are required to be on leash or confined at all times.

Dog/Cock Fighting Law?
Yes, it is illegal to pit animals against each other in the city of Ralston. Additionally it is a violation of state law and is punishable by fines and jail time.

Gretna

Number of Animals Allowed:
Residents can have up to two cats and up to two dogs for a total of 4 animals. Residents cannot have more than two animals of one species.

Animals Requiring Rabies Vaccinations:
Dogs and Cats

Revaccination Period:
*Every three years.
(*The longest duration vaccination allowed is good for three years. However animals must always be current. So if you opt for a shorter duration shot you must update appropriately.)

Time Period to Reclaim Stray Pets:
5 days

Time Period you must have a pet to be Considered an Owner:
10 days

Pooper Scooper Law?
No. The city of Gretna does not require owners to clean up after their pets. It is up to citizens to extend that courtesy to one another.

Leash Law?
Yes. Dogs in Gretna are required to be on leash or confined at all times.

Dog/Cock Fighting Law?
Yes, it is illegal to pit animals against each other in the city of Gretna. Additionally it is a violation of state law and is punishable by fines and jail time.

Springfield

Number of Animals Allowed:
Four animals over 4 months of age. Residents can have combinations of two dogs and two cats for four total animals (No more than two of each species.)

Animals Requiring Rabies Vaccinations:
Dogs and Cats

Revaccination Period:
*Every three years.
(*The longest duration vaccination allowed is good for three years. However animals must always be current. So if you opt for a shorter duration shot you must update appropriately.)

Time Period to Reclaim Stray Pets:
5 days

Time Period you must have a pet to be Considered an Owner:
10 days

Pooper Scooper Law?
No. The city of Springfield does not require owners to clean up after their pets. It is up to citizens to extend that courtesy to one another.

Leash Law?
Yes. Dogs and Cats in Springfield are required to be on leash or confined at all times.

Dog/Cock Fighting Law?
Yes, it is illegal to pit animals against each other in the city of Springfield. Additionally it is a violation of state law and is punishable by fines and jail.

Unincorporated Sarpy County

Number of Animals Allowed:
4 dogs without a kennel permit

Animals Requiring Rabies Vaccinations:
Dogs and Cats

Revaccination Period:
*Every three years.
(*The longest duration vaccination allowed in Sarpy County is good for three years. However animals must always be current. So if you opt for a shorter duration shot you must update appropriately.)

Time Period to Reclaim Stray Pets:
5 days

Time Period to be Considered an Owner:
10 days

Pooper Scooper Law?
No. Sarpy County does not requires owners to clean up after their pets. It is up to the citizens to extend that courtesy to one another.

Leash Law?
Dogs are required to be on leash or confined at all times.

Dog/Cock Fighting Law?
Sarpy County does not have specific regulations disallowing dog or cock fighting. However pitting animals against each other for sport is a violation of state law and is punishable by fines and jail time.

 

Waterloo

Number of Animals Allowed:

3 dogs and 5 cats

*Note: Waterloo  residents may apply for a pet avocation permit which allows up to 5 dogs and up to 6 cats—but no more than 8 pets total. An initial inspection fee of $100 is required at the time of application. An annual $50 permit fee is required thereafter. Pet Avocation Permit Applications are available at the Nebraska Humane Society and can be picked up at the front desk during business hours.

Animals Requiring Rabies Vaccinations: 

Dogs and Cats

Revaccination Period:
*Every three years.

(*The longest duration vaccination allowed is good for three years. However animals must always be current. So if you opt for a shorter duration shot you must update appropriately.)

Time Period to Reclaim Stray Pets:

3 days

Time Period you must have a pet to be considered an owner:

10 days

Pooper Scooper Law? 

Yes, by city ordinance you must clean up after your pet.

Leash Law?

Dogs in Waterloo are required to be on leash or confined in a yard at all times, however there is currently no leash law for cats. Dogs and cats who are not microchipped are required to wear collars and tags. If dogs or cats have microchips they are not required to wear license tags.

Barking dog Law?

Yes it is illegal in Waterloo for your dog to bark uninterrupted and disturb neighbors. If your dog is creating a nuisance Animal Control has the authority to remove your dog from your property to abate the nuisance. You are then required to impound out your dog subject to all fees and fines incurred.

Breeders Permit:
Any person who allows the breeding of a cat or dog (either intentionally or accidentally) is required to obtain a breeders permit for a $100 fee. If the offspring and mother are taken to the Nebraska Humane Society for disposition, no fee is required. If the owner has the mother spayed within three months of producing a litter the $100 fee is refunded.

Anti Tethering

Dogs cannot be tied up outside (unattended) for more than 15 minutes at a time. The dog can be tied up outside longer than 15 minutes if there is an adult present.