Who has BSL?

The below list of communities with breed specific legislation comes from Rott-n-Chatter, the oldest Rottweiler/BSL site on the web. Jan Cooper maintained the list for 20 years, and I took over for her a few years ago. For the complete list that includes cities that have repealed and cities that have decided against BSL, please visit the Rott-n-Chatter website.

The following states have laws that prohibit municipalities from passing breed specific ordinances: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington. You will find, however, that some cities in those states are listed below. That’s because some states have “home rule,” which means the authority of cities and counties to act in local affairs is transferred from state law to a local charter.

With this in mind, its important to remember that regardless of where you live, BSL is a concern for all dog owners, and we should take every measure to prevent it no matter how near or far.

Centerpoint, Fultondale,Gurley, Gadsden, Gardendale, Hale County, Irondale, Lannett, Midfield, Orange Beach, Rainesville

Batesville, Beebe, Caddo Valley, Dewitt, Dequeen, Gosnell, Hiawatha, Holton, Horton, Judsonia, Lake City, Little Rock, Lonoke, Maumell, Mayflower, McGehee, Monette, Mt. Home, North Little Rock, Piggot, Prescott, Russellville, Sabetha, Salem, Sherwood, Siloam Springs, Stuttgart, Truman, Ward,

Barstow, Fontana, Highland, Hollister, Lake County, Lancaster, Manteca, Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Point Hueneme, Ripon, Santa Monica, Ventura, Yucaipa

Aurora, Castle Rock, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Lupton, La Junta, Lone Tree, Louisville,



Dade County/Miami, Sunrise, Tamarac

College Park, Dawson, Rockmart, Floyd County, Terrell County

Kellog, Payette, Preston

Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Cahokia, Cairo, Central City, Chester, Cicero, Dixon, Effingham, Elmwood, Forest, Galena, Gillespie, Greenville, Johnston City, Lincolnwood, Markham, Maryville, Mt. Olive, Mulberry Grove, Oden, Peru, Rock Falls, Salem, Sandover, Silvis, Sparta, Stone Park, Westfield, Wheeling, Wilsonville

Fowler, Gary, Lake County, Lake Station, Mishawaka, Walkerton, Williamsport, Winchester

Atkins, Alburnett, Altoona, Anamosa, Auriela, Baldwin, Belle Plaine, Benton County, Blairstown, Buffalo Center, Carter Lake, Chariton, Charter Oak, Clarence, Conrad, Council Bluffs, Coutier, Dallas Center, Dakota City, Earlham, Marble Rock, Winthrop, Des Moines, Dexter, Donellson, Dumont, Durant, Fairfax, Fairfield, Forest City, Fremont City,Garrison, Keystone, Lake Mills, Lockridge, Logan, Luzernne, Miles, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Pleasant, Malmo, Monticello, Muscatine, Newhall, Norway, Olin, Ottumwa, Oxford Junction, Ottumwa, Palo, Pocohontas, Rake, Rockwell, Scarville, Shellsburg, Sigourney, Sioux City, Thompson, Urbana, Van Horne, Vinton, Walford, Wapello, Watkins, Wilton, Winterset

Augusta, Arkansas City, Baldwin City, Bellville, Bonner Springs, Cheney, Cherokee County, Inman, Dodge City, El Dorado, Ellinwood, Fort Smith, Fredonia, Garnett, Gladstone, Hays City, Hesston, Jackson County, Junction City, Kansas City, Kingman, Leawood, Liberal, Lola, Maize, Manhatten, Marysville, Nickerson,Overland Park, Park City, Pittsburg, Preston, St. John, Salina, Seward County, Sterling, Ulyssas, Wichita, Wilson, Worthington, Wyandotte County,

Bracken County, Covington, Erlanger, Elsmere, Falmouth, Flatwoods, Franklin, Goshen, Ludlow, Mayfield, Maysville, Newport, Southgate, Walton, Webster County, Worthington

Baldwin, Baton Rouge Parish, Breaux Bridge, Delcambre, Luling, Morgan City, New Llano, Patterson, Plaquemines Parish, St. Mary Parish, Welsh,

Hagerstown, Naval Base, Prince George County, Ridgely,

In July 2012, a bill was signed into law that prohibits breed specific laws in Massachusetts. When the law went into effect in October 2012, existing breed specific ordinances were rendered void.

Allen Town, Alma, Center Line, Crystal City, Dearborne Heights, Ecorse, Evart Township, Grand Rapids, Grosse Point Parke, Grosse Point Woods, Hastings, Hazel Park, Melvindale, Muskegon, Ramsey, Saginaw, Southgate, Springfield, Sylvan Lake, Waterford, Wyndotte, Ypsilanti Twp.

Aberdeen, Carthage, City of Shelby, Cleveland, Clinton, Eupora, Greenville, Greenwood, Hinds County, Horn Lake, Indianola, Laurel, Leflore County, Macon, Morton, New Albany, Okolona, Richland, Ridgeland, Union, Verona

Airport Drive, Allen Park, Ashland, Berkley, Bonne Terre, Booneville, Buckner, Butler, Calverton, Camdenton, Carl Junction, Cameron, Carthage, Center, Charlack, Chillicothe, Clayton, Dexter, Edina, Fayette, Fenton, Ferguson, Florissant, Gallatin, Grandby, Grandview, Greenwood, Gross Pointe Park, Hallsville, Hazel Park, Hazelwood, Independence, Jennings, Kansas City, Kearney, Kennett, Kirksville, Liberty, Macon, Manchester, Merriam Woods, Montgomery City, New Florence, New London, Normandy, Northwoods, Pagerdale, Palmyra, Pilot Grove, Pine Lawn, Platte  City, Pleasant Valley, Poplar Bluff, Richmond, Riverside, Saginaw, Salisbury , Senath, Shrewsbury, Sikeston, Springfield, Sugar Creek, Sullivan, Trenton, Troy, University City, Vinita Park, Warsaw, Webb City, Winchester, Windsor,  Woodson Terrace

Ekalaka, Libby, White Sulphur Springs

Blair, Falls City, Friend, Omaha, Osceola, Rushville, Wauneta

Atlantic City, Clifton, Fort Dix, Highland Park, West New York

Arlington, Elephant Butte, Tijeras, Kirkland Air Force Base

Haverstraw (Village), Hemstead (Village), Larchmont, Sands Point

Bismarck, Bowman, Kenmare, Kildeer, Minot, Velva, Williston

Akron, Athens, Austintown, Barnhill, Bay Village, Bellevue, Bexley, Cambridge, Canfield, Celina, City of Sheffield Lake, E. Cleveland, Defiance, East Cleveland, East Palestine, Fairfield, Franklin County, Girard, Golf Manor, Heath, Highland Heights, Lakewood, Lancaster, Louisville, Lowell, Ludlow Falls, Mansfield, Mayfield, Mentor on the Lake, Miami County, Middlefield, Mt. Vernon, Napoleon,New Albany, Newark, North Perry, North Ridgeville, Oakwood, Oxford, Parma, Perrysburg, Powell, Reyoldsburg, Richmond Heights, Rome Twp., Shaker Heights, Silverlake, Shadyside, S. Euclid, Southpoint, Springboro, St. Marys, Tiffin, Warrensville Hts, Washington Court House, Wickliffe, Wooster,  Yellow Springs

Del City, Eufaula, Quenton

Malheur County, Malin


Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick

Bamberg, Columbia, Dillon, Travelers Rest

Aberdeen, Chamberlain, Leola, Mobridge, Oacoma, Sissenton, Tea

Baileyton, Brownsville, Dyer, Estill Springs, Etowah, Fayetteville, Grand Junction, Greenbrier, Halls, Harriman, Henderson, Jackson, Jefferson City, Kenton, Kimball, Lewisburg, Lynnville, Manchester, Milan,Morrison, Red Boiling Springs, Ripley, Rogersville, Somerville, South Fulton, South Pittsburg, Sparta, Springfield, Wartrace, Watertown, White Pine


North Salt Lake, Smithfield, South Jordan, Springville,

Auburn, Buckly, Enunclaw, Everett, Inland, Issaquah Highland Subdivision, Kennewick, Moxee, Neah Bay, Pasco, Prosser, Quincy, Royal City, Seatac, Sunnyside, Tieton, Toppenosh, Wapato , Yakima

Bluefield, Ceredo

Arpin, Dunn, East Troy Lake, Fox Lake, Hewitt, Juneau, Milwaukee, Neillsville, Oconto, Prairie du Chien, Randolph, South Milwaukee

4 responses to “Who has BSL?

  1. I live in PG county. MD and use to walk my AmStaff on the beach at Atlantic City. I see no reason whatsoever for BSL here in PG county and why it exists in Atlantic City is beyond me.
    I see a correlation between BSL and gun laws, citizens will gun up liberties and freedoms for a false sense of security that will never exist.
    Most people have never touched a bully breed dog of gun but want them banned for their protection because the mainstream media has convinced their friends to persuade them to do the same.

  2. Facebook has been a great tool by posting pictures of my children with our pitbull and beautiful pictures of her. Facebook is where I found out about your site and thanked sent an e-mail thanking the governor of Navada and to keep his state free. I am trying to leave the state of Maryland because it is no longer free.

  3. O.D.O.G.S. (Oakland Co. Dog Ownership Group and Specialist)
    MARK YOUR CALENDARS WATERFORD RESIDENTS. JUNE 10, 2013 @ 6 pm THE BOARD IS GOING TO VOTE ON TO REPEAL OR NOT REPEAL THE BREED BAN. They want to hear from Waterford residents only . So if you show up and are not a resident please do not plan on speaking. Please share !!!
    Waterford, MI

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