Pet Laws in Costa Mesa

  1. Abuse/Cruelty/Neglect
    1. Laws protect animals against abuse, cruelty and neglect. These crimes are punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.
  2. Animal Bites
    1. All instances of animal bites should be reported within 24 hours.
  3. Animal Limits and Types
    1. Costa Mesa residents may own up to five animals over the age of four months. Keeping of non-domesticated animals, livestock, reptiles, aviaries, and more than five domesticated animals is prohibited unless a special animal permit has been approved by the chief of police.
  4. Barking Dog/Noisy Animal Complaints
    1. Beginning September 18, 2008, the City of Costa Mesa enacted a new barking dog/noisy animal ordinance.
      1. A dog that barks, bays, cries, howls or makes any noise audible beyond the boundaries of the property on which the dog is situated for more than 30 minutes incessantly or 60 minutes intermittently during a 24-hour period may be considered a barking dog according to Costa Mesa Municipal Code Section 3-8.
  5. Leash Law/Stray Animals
    1. The city requires that dogs that are not on their own property be on a 6-foot or shorter leash, held by a person who can completely control the dog at all times. Violation of this law is punishable by fine.
    2. Straying cats that roam onto your property without your permission may be humanely trapped, but Costa Mesa Animal Control must be contacted for pickup. 

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Pet Friendly Activities in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa Bark Park

Location: 890 Arlington Dr. Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

Many of our clients and staff enjoy the bark park with their dogs. It's located right across the street from our hospital

Santa Ana River Trail

Popular with locals that enjoy walking, running and biking with their dogs

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Costa Mesa

Side Street Cafe

Location: 1799 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Local cafe with great food

Beach Pit BBQ

Location: 1676 Tustin Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Adorable outdoor patio, to relax with your dog.


Location: 594 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Casual, great burgers, dog-friendly

Eat Chow

Location: 1802 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Great food, dogs allowed in outdoor seating area.

Greenleaf Bar & Restaurant

Location: 234 E 17th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Great food, and even have a doggie menu.

Pet Friendly Accommodations in Costa Mesa

Residence Inn by Marriott

Location: 881 W. Baker, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Pets up to 50 pounds allowed

Motel 6

Location: 1441 Gisler Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

All pets allowed. No weight restrictions.

Hilton Orange County-Costa Mesa

Location: 3050 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

3 pet max limit, 60 pound max per pet.

Recommended Pet Services in Costa Mesa

Penelopes Parlor

Location: 125 Mesa Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

With over 20 years in business, Penelope's is very popular with our clients and community. Lot's of very loyal customers.

VP Dog Training

Location: Serving Costa Mesa

Patti is very well known in our community and with our clients. She has worked successfully with many of our clients and their pets.

Manners for Mutts-Positive Dog Training

Location: Irvine, CA (Serving local cities)

Staci Lemke-Owner, worked with one of Dr. Ashbran's dogs. Dr. Ashbran was very happy with the results.

Pet Stores and Supplies in Costa Mesa

Priceless Pets Orphanage-Shelter

Location: 1536 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Newer to our area, with other locations. Priceless pets is a no-kill shelter. The work they do is truly priceless.

Important Organizations in Costa Mesa

Priceless Pets Orphanage-Shelter

Location: 1536 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Newer to our area, with other locations. Priceless Pets is a no-kill shelter. The work they do is truly priceless.

Costa Mesa Demographics & Economic Data

Population Information

Population as of 2016: 112,825
Males: 56,137 (49.8%)
Females: 56,688 (50.2%)

Median resident age: 35.1 years

Estimated median household income in 2016: $81,019

Zip Codes:

92614, 92626, 92627, 92646, 92660

Home Prices in 2016

Estimated median house or condo value: $720,800


  • All housing units: $762,180
  • Detached houses: $849,274
  • Townhouses or other attached units: $592,209
  • In 2-unit structures: $275,221
  • In 3-to-4-unit structures: $633,198
  • In 5-or-more-unit structures: $431,620
  • Mobile homes: $71,452

Schools in Costa Mesa

Charter, Private & Non-Traditional Schools

  • Grace Education
  • Coram Deo Academy
  • Port Mesa Christain School
  • Mariners Christian School
  • Page Academy
  • Waldorf School of Orange County

High Schools

  • Early College High School
  • Costa Mesa High School
  • Estancia High School
  • Monte Vista High School

Middle Schools

  • Charles W. Tewinkle Middle School
  • Costa Mesa High School

Elementary Schools

  • Davis Magnet School
  • Killybrooke Elementary School
  • Heinz Kaiser Elementary School
  • California Elementary School
  • Paularino Elementary School


  • Davis Magnet School
  • Sonora Elementary School
  • Adams Elementary Schoool
  • Victoria Elementary School
  • Wilson Elementary School

Fully accredited member of the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association, Newport Harbor Animal Hospital has been the go-to resource for local pet care. Contact us today or schedule an appointment for all your pet care needs.