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Private kennels and/or catteries shall be subject to the regulations in this Section.
(a) Accessory Residential Use. A private kennel and/or cattery shall be an accessory use to a single-family dwelling unit.
(b) Permit Requirements. A private kennel and/or cattery shall require a Special Use Permit in compliance with Chapter 85.14 (Special Use Permits). If the establishment has both dogs and cats, only one Special Use Permit shall be required. A Special Use Permit shall not be effective until the Code Enforcement Division receives written evidence that the applicant has applied for and obtained required permits from the County Public Health Department.
(c) Standards. In addition to conditions imposed by the review authority for the Special Use Permit, private kennels and catteries shall comply with the following standards:
(1) Compliance with Health Regulations. The private kennel shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 3 (Commercial Kennels) in Division 2 (Animals), Title 3 (Health and Sanitation and Animal Regulations), of the County Code. The commercial cattery shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 12 (Catteries) in Division 2 (Animals), Title 3 (Health and Sanitation and Animal Regulations), of the County Code.
(2) Compliance with Land Use Zoning District Development Standards. The keeping of dogs and cats shall only be allowed within a Resources Conservation (RC), Agriculture (AG) or Rural Living (RL) Land Use Zoning District and shall comply with all County Code requirements, including setbacks from property lines and other dwellings as specified in Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses). In the event there is a conflict between a provision in this Section and a provision in Chapter 3 (Commercial Kennels), or Chapter 12 (Catteries), in Division 2, Title 3, of the County Code, the stricter standard shall apply.
(3) Minimum Parcel Size. A minimum parcel size of two and one half acres shall be required.
(4) Setbacks. All animals shall be maintained at least 70 feet, measured in a straight line, away from any structure or area used for human habitation or public assembly (e.g. parks, churches, etc.) on adjoining property. The area of human habitation shall not include cabanas, patios, attached or detached private garages or storage buildings.
(5) Maximum Number of Animals. A maximum of 15 dogs and/or cats per parcel shall be allowed.
(6) Housing. Unless all dogs or cats are kept in the house or garage at night, all dogs or cats shall be housed in the indoor portion of the kennel from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. The kennel shall be a solid, four-walled structure with a solid roof. Appropriate exercise areas shall be provided and shall be sheltered from the elements and be secure. Adequate heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation and bedding must be provided as required to the individual needs of the animals.
(7) Inspections. Private kennels and/or catteries shall be inspected by the County Public Health Department annually. The County Public Health Department and the Code Enforcement Division shall conduct an inspection jointly when necessary.
(8) Noise. Noise shall be attenuated to 55 dB(A) from the property line.
(9) Light and Glare. Direct and indirect glare from the source shall not cause glare upon adjacent property owners in compliance with Chapter 83.07 (Glare and Outdoor Lighting).
(11) Screening. The Special Use Permit may require the use to be fully screened from adjacent properties.
(12) Sign. One sign, not to exceed 12 square feet in area stating “Private Kennel” with a 24-hour emergency phone number, shall be posted at all entries to the parcel.
(Ord. 4011, passed - -2007; Am. Ord. 4043, passed - -2008)