Animal Control & Code Enforcement

The primary function of the Greenwood Village Animal Control/Code Enforcement Unit is to enforce the City's wildlife and domestic animal regulations and parking violations. The Unit works closely with the Greenwood Village Neighborhood Services Officer to also seek compliance with zoning and nuisance violations.

A Code Enforcement Officer is available 7 days per week to address animal complaints and questions, including issues of animals disturbing the peace, animals at-large, animal bites, animal neglect and cruelty, and all other issues addressed by Greenwood Village's animal code. Code Enforcement Officers will also respond to parking and some nuisance violations.

If you have lost or found a pet, call 303-773-2525 and file a report with the Police Department.  For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

For non-emergency requests, you can email Animal Control/Code Enforcement.  

Lost or Found pets can also be reported to The Denver Dumb Friends League at 303-751-5772 or the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley at 303-703-2938 to ensure greater success in locating or returning pets.

  1. Dogs and Leash Laws 
  2. Living with Wildlife

Breed Restrictions and Dog Licensing

There are no restrictions on dog breeds within the City of Greenwood Village.

Greenwood Village does not require citizens to register their dogs; however, it is required to keep a current Rabies tag on their collar at all times, in case the pet is lost.  Every owner of a dog or cat, three (3) months of age or older shall have evidence of current rabies vaccination, per Colorado Health Department guidelines.

Lease Laws and Pet Waste

Leash Laws

Leashes are required for all dogs in Greenwood Village parks and in all public areas to ensure the safety of persons, other animals, and dogs. More information can be found in "A Guide to Your Dog's Safety and Being A Good Dog Owner" brochure.

The Village has an ordinance regarding animals running at large:

Section 7-8-90 - Running at large: 


No person owning or keeping any animal, other than a domesticated cat, shall fail to keep said animal on the premises of the owner or keeper unless the animal is:


On a leash held by a person who is physically able to control the animal; or


Within a vehicle or similarly physically confined and without access to passers-by.


Animals running at large may be taken into custody by code enforcement officers and impounded for a period of not less than five (5) days following the date of impoundment. Any impounded animal which is not claimed within said five-day period may be disposed of by adoption, donation or euthanasia at the discretion of a code enforcement officer. The owner shall be responsible for the payment of impoundment fees and reasonable and necessary medical expenses incurred during impoundment. 


This section shall not apply to any dog used by a peace officer while engaged in the performance of his or her official duties or any dog used by the city to manage or control geese. (Prior code 6.04.090; Ord. 32, §1, 2011; Ord. 05 , § 2, 2018)

Pet Waste

The Village has an ordinance regarding the removal of dog feces. 

Section 7-8-230 - Removal of dog and cat feces:


When any dog or cat defecates on any property other than the property of the owner, including common areas, it is the duty of the owner to immediately remove and properly dispose of the dog or cat feces.


It is unlawful for any person to allow the accumulation of dog or cat feces on any property owned, occupied or controlled by such person if such accumulation creates an unsanitary, offensive or unhealthy condition.


It is unlawful for any person to place or leave dog or cat feces on public property or on the property of another or to dispose of such feces in any manner other than by deposit in a toilet or a covered container normally used for refuse. (Ord. 16 §1, 2009; Ord. 32, §1, 2011)