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A. License Required: No person shall operate a commercial dog kennel in the City without first obtaining a license and being compliant with the zoning ordinance.
B. Application For License; Fee: Application for such license shall be made to the City Clerk and shall be accompanied by the fee as established in section 3-1-3 of this Code.
C. Annual Licenses; Expiration; Fee: Commercial kennel licenses shall be issued on an annual basis, expiring on December 31 following the first effective day of the kennel license. The commercial kennel license fee shall be the amount per year or fraction thereof as established in section 3-1-3 of this Code.
D. Number Of Dogs: No person shall own, harbor, or keep upon his premises more than two (2) dogs over the age of six (6) months unless in a commercial kennel duly licensed under this section or the commercial kennel is operated as part of a veterinary clinic operation at the same location. A property may contain three (3) dogs if one or more are service animals as defined in this chapter. The maximum number of dogs permitted in a commercial kennel shall be reflective of the sites ability to function adequately according to section 6-2-18 of this chapter and provide a safe and clean environment. In no case, shall a site be allowed to have more than thirty (30) dogs onsite.
E. Commercial Kennel License: A license for a commercial kennel may be issued by the City Clerk for the keeping of dogs. Such license shall specify any restrictions, limitations, conditions or prohibitions which the animal control authority or the City deems reasonably necessary to protect any person or neighboring use from unsanitary conditions, unreasonable noise or odors, or annoyance, or to protect the public health or safety, including the health and safety of the animals to be housed in the kennel. Such a license may be modified from time to time or revoked by the animal control authority or the City Council for failure to conform to such restrictions, limitations, conditions, or prohibitions. Such modification or revocation shall be effective after ten (10) days following the mailing of written notice thereof by certified mail to the person or persons keeping or maintaining such dogs.
F. Sanitary Premises: Commercial kennels shall be kept in a clean and healthful condition at all times and shall be open for inspection by duly authorized City authorities at any reasonable time. A commercial kennel license may be revoked by the animal control authority or the City Council by reason of the violation of this chapter or any health or nuisance order, laws, or regulations.
G. Zoning Districts: Commercial kennels shall only operate in the following zoning districts:
1. A-1, Agricultural Rural District;
2. B-W, Business Warehousing District;
3. I-1, Limited Industrial District. (Ord. 2018-07, 3-5-2018; amd. Ord. 2021-11, 8-2-2021)