Pet Policies

Pet Policies of Heritage Oak Park –

Existing Owners,New Owners and Renters

This policy is based on the Code of Laws and Ordinances - Charlotte County, Florida - General Ordinances and Special Acts - Article II - Animal Control (

A. Screening andRegistration

The Property Manager will present a copy of the Park policies to the Owner or resident for review and signature. The Board of Directors strongly recommends that pet Owners should carry liability insurance specifically concerning their pets. Ownersand pet caregivers shall indemnify and hold harmless the Association and/or Neighborhood Association against loss or liability of any kind arising from their pet(s). The Board of Directors also has the authority to assess and collect amounts necessary to repair or replace damaged areas or objects.

B. Permissible Pets

All unincorporated Neighborhood Declarations of Restrictions specify one dog and one cat are allowed. All Declarations of Condominium specify one dog or one cat is allowed. Some condominium associations have more restrictive amendments regarding pets. Pet Owners should make an inquiry to the condo unit’s board. The Board of Directors of HeritageOak Park has determined the policy to ban dogs listed in “Attachment A” and any mixed breed that is half or more of any of the banned breeds. A signed statement from a veterinarian would determinethe breed. The Board reserves the right in its sole judgment to add or remove breeds on “Attachment A.”

Small caged reptiles, small caged mammals, aquariums and small caged birds are allowed.

C. Restrictions

1. Petsshall not be kept, bred or used for any commercial purpose. Per ASCPA guidelines, all cats and dogs should be spayed or neutered by six months of age unless the procedure is deemed medically unsafe by a veterinarian.

2. Petsmust have annual inoculations as required by law and be licensed by the county; tag must be worn on the pet’s collar or harness at all times when outdoors. Certificate(s) should be retained by pet Owner with easy access in case it needs to be presented to a HOPCA staff member or Board of Directors member. It is also recommended, but not mandatory, that pets have a tag with their name, address and/or phone number.

3. Pets must be confined to the petowners parcel (defined as the inside of an Owners residence) and must not be allowed to roam free or be tethered. Pets must not be left on lanais with no one in the home. Pets in transit are to be carried,restrained by a leash (either fixed or retractable) of no more than six feet in length or placed in an animal carrier. Owners and pet care givers shall not permit any pet torelieve themselves within 12 feet of any building or any farther than six feet from any roadway or walkway.

4. Owners and pet caregivers who walk pets are responsible for immediately cleaning up after their animals anddiscarding securely bagged pet droppings only in the owner’s own refuse container.

5. Owners and pet caregivers are responsible for any damage caused by or on account of their pets. Any damage caused by cleaning products or other such materials used in an attempt to remedy said damage isalso the full responsibility of the owner.

6. No pet shall be allowed to become a nuisance or create any unreasonable disturbance. Examples of nuisance may include, but are not limited to:

a. Pets whose unruly behavior causes personal injury or property damage.

b. Pets who make noise continuously for a period of five minutes or intermittently for onehour or more to the disturbance of any person at any time of day or night.

c. Pets not in transit in common areas that are notunder the complete physical control of a responsible Owner or pet caregiver and on a handheld leash (either fixed or retractable) of no more than six feet in length or in a pet carrier.

d. Pets that relieve themselves on walls or floors of common areas or private property.

e. Pets who exhibit aggressive or other dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior.

f. Pets who are conspicuously unclean or parasite infested.

7. Notwithstanding any other provision herein,disabled individuals may keep service animals.

8. Owners and residents are responsible forthe pets of guests who visit their unit; such pets are subject to the same restrictions as resident pets. No pets of guests can stay in the unit for more than14 24-hour days (consecutive or staggered) in any one-year period without prior written permission of the HOPCA Board of Directors.

D. Enforcement

1. Any resident or management personnel observing a violation of any of theserules may discuss the violation in a neighborly fashion with the Owner or pet caregiver in an effort to secure voluntary compliance. If the complaint is not resolved, it must be put in writing and presented to the Property Manager. If the Property Manager is in agreement with such complaint, the pet caregiver will receive written notice of the violation.

2. If the violation is not rectified within the specified time, a certified letter, return receipt requested, shall be mailed to the pet ownerAny certified letter, returnreceipt requested, will incur a $35 processing fee as an Individual Parcel Expense.

3. If the problem is still unresolved, arrangements will be made for ahearing by the Board of Directors.

4. At the Boards discretion, immediate arrangements for a hearing may be made if the nature of the complaint involves personal injury,a threat to public safety or the imminent threat thereof.

5. At any time, the Board of Directors may require the permanent removal of any pet, if such pet is determined by the Board or County Animal Control to be a nuisance or a danger to the community and its residents.

6. If so determined to be a nuisance or danger, the Owner or pet caregiver must immediately isolate theanimal and will have two days to remove the pet from Heritage Oak Park.

Attachment A” –Pet Policies ofHeritage Oak Park

Banned Breeds of Dogs



Doberman pinscher

Great Dane

Husky (Siberian or Husky Type)

Any Malamute

Any Mastiff

Pit Bull (American, PitBull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier)

American Bulldog

German Shepherd


Presa Canario

Cane Corso

Wolf or Wolf breed


Wild Dogs

Guard or Attack dogs, including police or military dogs

Any animalbred or used for fighting

Updated 11/15/2016


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