All dogs four months old or older that resides in the County must be licensed. A county dog license runs from January 1 to December 31, inclusive, and can be purchased at the Treasurer's Office. All licenses must be purchased by February 1 of each year. Three year tags are now available in additions to the one year tags. The owner must show each dog's rabies certificate that has been signed by a licensed veterinarian.
This is the Animal Ordinance section that prohibits 4+ dogs on less than 1 acre:
Sec. 6-17. - Limitation on dog ownership on certain lots.
No person shall keep more than three dogs over six months old on any residentially-zoned parcel, any parcel in a business zone that allows residential use or any residentially used parcel, regardless of zoning, of an acre or less.
(Ord. No. O-12-20, § 1, 9-11-2012)
This is the Zoning Ordinance section that allows 4+ dogs on less than 1 acre, with special exception from Board of Zoning Appeals (after going through a public hearing):
Sec. 90-985. - Powers and duties generally.
The board of zoning appeals shall have the power and duty:
(8)To grant special exceptions, upon conditions, to allow the keeping of more than three dogs on residentially zoned parcels, on business zoned parcels that allow residential uses, or any residentially used parcel, regardless of zoning, of an acre or less.
To get this special exception, the property owner would have to submit an application and work with the Planning & Zoning Division.
Click here to access the application.
The fees are as follows:
- Male or Female Dog that has not been spayed/neutered: $10.00
- Male or Female Dog that has been successfully
- Kennel of 4-20 dogs: $30.00
- Kennel of 21-50 dogs: $50.00
- Duplicate Dog License: $2.00
No license shall be required for any dog that is trained and serves as a guide dog for a blind person, that is trained and serves as a hearing dog for a deaf or hearing impaired person or that is trained and serves as a service dog for a mobility-impaired person. A service dog is still required to have a license. Please bring proof that the dog is a service dog and the County will issue a license for the dog.
Click here to learn how to register your dog by mail.