All persons wishing to keep a rhinoceros as a pet must obtain a $100 license first.

Section 8.05.020 Permit–Definition.

Except as provided in this chapter, no person shall possess, keep, maintain or have in his possession or under his control, within the city, any elephant, bear, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, lion, tiger, leopard, panther, ocelot, lynx, cougar, wolf, alligator, fox, raccoon, coyote, monkey, ape, chimpanzee, birds of prey, poisonous reptile, other dangerous or carnivorous wild animal, other vicious or dangerous domesticated animal or any other animal of wild or vicious propensities, without first applying to and receiving a permit from the city of Norco to do so.

(Ord. 581, Sec. 1 (part), 1988)

Section 8.05.050

Permit–Application fee. No permit shall be granted under this chapter unless there is paid to the city at the time of filing of the application therefor, an application fee in the amount of one hundred dollars for the first animal, and thirty dollars for every animal of the same species thereafter for which a permit is sought. The immature offspring of such animals shall not require additional permits during the period of the permit. An application for a second animal of a different species shall be one hundred dollars. These fees are non-refundable.

(Ord. 581, Sec. 1 (part), 1988)

Norco residents are known to own many unusual animals. Not uncommonly, these animals have been known to escape captivity and run through town.

  • jbaby

    but really whoever wants to keep a rhino as a pet must be a real fuck up

  • Rick

    It’s really about things like private menageries.

  • mike

    im going to try to get one of these licenses

  • i thought there were no rhinoes in CA. Plus, how would it get there, anyhow? i’m not wastin’ 100 bucks, man.

  • Are you serious, a freaking rhino? I want to know how much for a giraffe. I would think a baby should be less than an adult???

  • Californian

    WTF I’M going to buy 1 right NOW!

  • The Rationale

    This tax is to finance the additional cost to societal services (pet control, damage to public property that is not immediately observed, possible unknown diseases /allergies) associated with having an exotic pet. This law helps society and it’s citizen to have exotic pets (i.e. freedom to own one’s choice of pet) while compensating those affected.