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A. General standards. All Dog Day Care facilities regardless of the zoning district in which they are located shall comply with the following criteria:

1. The hours of operation shall be limited daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the higher density residential districts and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the commercial and industrial districts.

2. The dogs may be groomed, trained, exercised and socialized, but not kept or boarded overnight, bred, sold, or let for hire.

3. Provide off-street parking and loading as required in VMC 20.945 – Parking and Loading.

4. Dog Day Care facilities shall be subject to VMC Chapter 8.24 – Animals.

5. Walls, partitions and floor/ceilings assemblies separating Dog Day Care facilities from residential uses shall have a sound transmission class (STC) as required by the Building Code.

6. Provide sight-obscuring fencing for all on-site outdoor recreation areas. The fence shall provide full containment for the dogs. The fence structure shall be deep enough and secured to the ground to prevent escape and high enough to prevent dogs from jumping or climbing over. The Fence shall be subject to VMC 20.912 Fences and Walls.

7. The applicant shall be required to obtain all licenses and permits, and meet the City’s Limited and Conditional Use and Site Plan review requirements, as applicable.

B. Higher-density residential zoning districts. A Dog Day Care facility is permitted as a conditional use (Type 3 procedure) in the R-18, R-22, R-30 and R-35 zoning districts subject to the regulations in Chapter 20.245 VMC, Conditional Uses, and the procedural requirements of Chapter 20.210 VMC, Decision-Making Procedures. Such a facility in one of these zoning districts shall satisfy the following requirements in addition to those in Subsection (A) above:

1. A minimum lot size of one acre, a maximum of 30 dogs on the premises.

2. Outdoor areas where dogs will be allowed must be a minimum of 50’ from any property line. The setback requirements of this section do not apply if all activity is contained indoors.

3. All existing and additional structures shall maintain a residential character. Dog Day Care shall be accessory to the residential use of the site.

4. Hours of operations: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

C. Commercial zoning districts. A dog day care facility is permitted as a Type I limited use in the CN, CC, CG, CX, WX, HX and MX zoning districts subject to the procedural requirements of Chapter 20.210 VMC, Decision Making Procedures. Such a facility in one of these zoning districts shall satisfy the following requirements in addition to those in subsection A of this section:

1. Maximum of 40 dogs on the premises.

2. Minimum setback requirements shall be consistent with the standards of the CN, CC, CG, CX, WX, HX and MX unless the dog day care facility abuts a residential district, in which case the setback shall be 50 feet. The setback requirements of this section do not apply if all activity is contained indoors.

3. Provide on-site indoor play area when located within the City Center (CX), Waterfront (WX), the Heights (HX) and Mixed Use (MX) districts. Outdoor play areas are not permitted in the (CX), (WX), (HX) or (MX) districts.

4. Hours of operation: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

D. Industrial zoning districts. A Dog Day Care facility is permitted as a Type I limited use in all industrial districts except airport and subject to the procedural requirements of VMC 20.210 Decision-Making Procedures. Such a facility in one of these zoning districts shall satisfy the following requirements in addition to those in Subsection A above:

1. A 50’ setback shall be maintained where such facilities abut a residential district.

2. A 50’ setback shall be maintained where such facilities abut a residential district. The setback requirements of this section do not apply if all activity is contained indoors.

3. Hours of operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Ord. M-4341 § 3 (Exh. B), 2021; Ord. M-3922 § 38, 2009; Ord. M-3730 § 29, 2005; Ord. M-3667 § 6, 2004; Ord. M-3643, 2004)