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Pet Policy

  • Residents are allowed 1 pet. Dogs cannot weigh more than 25 pounds.  Dogs of the pit bull, rottweiler, chow or boxer breeds are not allowed.  Ferrets or other animals whose natural protective mechanisms pose a risk to small children of serious bites or lacerations are not permitted.  Any animal not permitted under state or local law or code are not permitted.

  • Pets must be registered with the Owner before they are brought onto the premises.  Registration includes documentation signed by a licensed veterinarian or state/local authority that the pet has received all inoculations required by state or local law, and that the pet has no communicable disease(s) and is pest-free.  The registration must be renewed annually and will be coordinated with the annual reexamination date.

  • A non-refundable pet fee of $200 must be paid in full before the pet is brought on the premises.  The pet deposit is not part of any other required deposits.

  • If a disabled applicant has documentation from a health professional certifying their need for a service or assistance animal, the animal is not a pet, and a pet fee is not required.
    • Under the ADA, a service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.  Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.  The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual's disability.
    • If an animal does not qualify as a service animal, the Owner will determine whether the animal would qualify as a support animal (other type of assistance animal).  The Owner will use the following questions to help assess whether to grant an accommodation:
      • Does the person have an observable disability or does the Owner already have information giving them reason to believe that the person has a disability?
      • If not, has the person requesting the accommodation provided information that reasonably supports that the person seeking the accommodation has a disability?
      • If the person has an observable disability, the Owner already has information giving them reason to believe the person has a disability, or the person has provided information supporting that he or she has a disability, then has the person provided information that reasonable supports that the animal does work, performs tasks, provides assistance and/or provides therapeutic emotional support with respect to the individual's disability?
      • If yes, is the animal commonly kept in households?  An animal commonly kept in households would be a dog, cat, small bird, rabbit, hamster, gerbil, other rodent, fish, turtle, or other small, domesticated animal that is traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes.
      • If the individual is requesting to keep a unique animal not commonly kept in households, then the requestor has the substantial burden of demonstrating a disability-related therapeutic need for the specific animal or the specific type of animal.  Such individuals are encouraged to submit documentation from a health care professional.

  • Residents are responsible for feeding, maintaining, providing veterinary care, and controlling their animals.

  • Residents must ensure that animals do not pose a direct threat to the health or safety or others, or cause substantial physical damage to the development, dwelling unit, or property of other residents.

  • Residents who have been approved to have a pet must enter into an agreement with the Owner, or the approval of the pet will be withdrawn.  The agreement is the resident's certification that he or she has received a copy of the Owner's pet policy and applicable house rules, that he or she has read the policies and/or rules, understands them, and agrees to comply with them.