United States Code

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§ 1437z–3.
Pet ownership in public housing
Ownership conditions

A resident of a dwelling unit in public housing (as such term is defined in subsection (c)) may own 1 or more common household pets or have 1 or more common household pets present in the dwelling unit of such resident, subject to the reasonable requirements of the public housing agency, if the resident maintains each pet responsibly and in accordance with applicable State and local public health, animal control, and animal anti-cruelty laws and regulations and with the policies established in the public housing agency plan for the agency.

Reasonable requirements
The reasonable requirements referred to in subsection (a) may include—
limitations on the number of animals in a unit, based on unit size;
prohibitions on—
types of animals that are classified as dangerous; and
individual animals, based on certain factors, including the size and weight of the animal; and
restrictions or prohibitions based on size and type of building or project, or other relevant conditions.
Pet ownership in public housing designated for occupancy by elderly or handicapped families

For purposes of this section, the term “public housing” has the meaning given the term in section 1437a(b) of this title, except that such term does not include any public housing that is federally assisted rental housing for the elderly or handicapped, as such term is defined in section 1701r–1(d) of title 12.


This section shall take effect upon the date of the effectiveness of regulations issued by the Secretary to carry out this section. Such regulations shall be issued after notice and opportunity for public comment in accordance with the procedure under section 553 of title 5 applicable to substantive rules (notwithstanding subsections (a)(2), (b)(B), and (d)(3) of such section).

(Sept. 1, 1937, ch. 896, title I, § 31, as added Pub. L. 105–276, title V, § 526, Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2568.)
cite as: 42 USC 1437z-3