Chapter 6.04


6.04.010    Authorization.

6.04.020    Definitions.

6.04.030    Commercial kennels and pet shop conditions.

6.04.040    Indoor housing facilities – Requirements.

6.04.050    Outdoor housing facility – Requirements.

6.04.060    Compliance with chapter.

6.04.070    Inspections.

6.04.080    Grooming parlor conditions.

6.04.090    Pet boarding.

6.04.010 Authorization.

Chapter 6.04 AHMC shall be created and titled Animal Kennel and Pet Store Regulations. (Ord. C-921 § 1, 2019; Ord. C-669 § 33, 2008)

6.04.020 Definitions.

A. “Kennel” means a place where adult dogs or cats are kept by persons providing facilities and care, whether or not compensation is received, but not including a small animal hospital, clinic or pet shop.

B. “Commercial kennel” means any person engaged in the commercial business of breeding, buying, selling, grooming or boarding dogs or animals.

C. “Pet shop” means any place of business keeping animals for the sole purpose of resale. This includes but is not limited to pet stores, feed stores, or commercial kennels.

D. “Quarantine,” as used in this chapter, means isolation and restriction from contact with other animals that are kept on the premises. (Ord. C-921 § 1, 2019; Ord. C-669 § 34, 2008)

6.04.030 Commercial kennels and pet shop conditions.

A. Commercial kennels and pet shops shall meet the following conditions:

1. Housing facilities shall be provided for the animal and such facilities shall be structurally sound and shall be maintained in good repair, shall be designed so as to protect the animals from injury, shall contain the animals, and shall restrict the entrance of other animals.

2. Electrical power shall be supplied in conformance with the City electrical codes and adequate to supply heating and lighting as may be required by this chapter.

3. Water shall be supplied at sufficient pressure and quantity to clean indoor housing facilities and enclosures of debris.

B. Suitable food, water and bedding shall be provided and stored in facilities adequate to provide protection from the infestation or contamination of insects or rodents. Refrigeration shall be provided for the protection of perishable food.

C. Provision shall be made for the removal and disposal of animal and food wastes, bedding, dead animals, and debris. Disposal facilities shall be maintained in a sanitary condition, free from the infestation or contamination of insects, rodents or disease and from obnoxious or foul odors.

D. Washroom facilities including sinks with hot and cold water and toilets shall be conveniently available for cleaning purposes and a large sink or tub shall be provided for the purpose of washing utensils, equipment and facilities.

E. Sick animals shall be separated from those appearing healthy and normal and, if for sale, removed from display and sale. Sick animals shall be kept in isolation quarters with adequate ventilation to keep them from contaminating the other animals.

F. No person shall misrepresent an animal to a consumer in any way.

G. Adequate care and feeding instructions shall be given to each purchaser of an animal and such must be in writing.

H. There shall be an employee on duty at all times during the hours any establishment is opened, whose responsibility shall be the care and welfare of the animals held for sale or display.

I. An employee or owner shall come in to feed, water, and do the necessary cleaning of animals on the days the establishment is closed. (Ord. C-921 § 1, 2019; Ord. C-669 § 35, 2008)

6.04.040 Indoor housing facilities – Requirements.

Kennels, pet shops and shelters which have indoor housing facilities for animals shall:

A. Be sufficiently heated or cooled to protect such animals from temperatures to which they are not normally acclimatized.

B. Be adequately ventilated to provide for the health of animals contained therein and to assist in the removal of foul and obnoxious odors. Provision shall be made so that the volume of air within any enclosed indoor facility shall be changed three or more times per hour.

C. Have sufficient natural or artificial lighting to permit routine inspection and cleaning any time of day; in addition, sufficient natural or artificial lighting shall be supplied in the area of sinks and toilets to provide for the hygiene of animal caretakers.

D. Have interior wall, ceiling and floor surfaces constructed of materials which are resistant to the absorption of moisture and odors, or such surfaces shall be treated with a sealant or with paint, when such materials are not originally resistant to moisture or odors. Floor surfaces shall not be made of unsealed wood. In addition, interior walls shall be constructed so that the interface with the floor surface is sealed from the flow or accumulation of moisture and debris.

E. Contain a drainage system which shall be connected to a sanitary sewer or septic tank system which conforms to the City building codes; and shall be designed to rapidly remove water and excreta in the cleaning of such indoor housing facilities in any condition of weather or temperature. All indoor housing facilities shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition; and provided, that this regulation shall not apply to pet shops.

F. The structure shall be cleaned regularly as not to have offensive odors emitted that may be offensive or injurious to public health or unpleasant to adjacent neighbors. (Ord. C-921 § 1, 2019; Ord. C-669 § 36, 2008)

6.04.050 Outdoor housing facility – Requirements.

Kennels, pet shops and shelters which have outdoor facilities for animals shall:

A. Be constructed to provide shelter from excessive sunlight, rain, snow, wind or other elements. In addition, such facilities shall be constructed to provide sufficient space for the proper exercise and movement of each animal contained therein;

B. Be constructed to provide drainage and to prevent the accumulation of water, mud, debris, excreta, and other materials and shall be designed to facilitate the removal of animal and food waste;

C. Be constructed with adequate walls or fences to contain the animals kept therein and to prevent the entrance of other animals. (Ord. C-921 § 1, 2019; Ord. C-669 § 37, 2008)

6.04.060 Compliance with chapter.

All kennels, pet shops, and shelters shall at all times be in a condition of full compliance with the requirements of this chapter. Failure to be in full compliance with this chapter is unlawful and shall constitute a public nuisance and as such shall be subject to the abatement procedures of this chapter. Failure to maintain the establishment in full compliance shall be grounds for revocation of any license issued. (Ord. C-921 § 1, 2019; Ord. C-669 § 38, 2008)

6.04.070 Inspections.

It shall be the duty of the City Code Enforcement Officer to make or cause to be made all such inspections as may be necessary to ensure compliance with this chapter. The owner or keeper of a kennel, pet shop, or shelter shall admit any officer or agent of the City to the premises in order to make necessary inspections at any reasonable time that admission is requested. (Ord. C-921 § 1, 2019; Ord. C-669 § 39, 2008)

6.04.080 Grooming parlor conditions.

Grooming parlors shall:

A. Not board animals but keep such animals only for a reasonable time in order to perform the business of grooming.

B. Sterilize all equipment after each animal has been groomed.

C. Not prescribe treatment or medicine that is the province of a licensed veterinarian as provided in RCW 18.92.010.

D. Not put more than one animal in each cage.

E. Not leave an animal unattended before a dryer.

F. Provide such restraining straps for the animal while it is being groomed so that such animal shall not fall or be hanged.

A grooming parlor license may be revoked or may be refused to be renewed if the establishment constitutes a public nuisance for failure to comply with the above requirements. (Ord. C-921 § 1, 2019; Ord. C-669 § 40, 2008)

6.04.090 Pet boarding.

Pet boarding businesses shall ensure compatibility with surrounding land uses and shall be regulated as follows:

A. A building setback of 20 feet shall be required if adjacent to residential developments.

B. Outdoor boarding of animals is prohibited.

C. Pet boarding businesses must provide a CMU (or other sound-reducing and/or sight-obscuring) wall along the property lines. (Ord. C-921 § 1, 2019)