Dog Ordinance Regulations

Kennel License Requirements

  • Required for three or more dogs or five or more cats
  • City Council must approve, may limit the number of dogs or cats, and may deny or revoke because of location, sanitation, maintenance or nuisance complaint problems
  • Must be renewed annually on or before December 31st each year
  • Dogs kept in residential kennels must also have individual dog licenses
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Contact the City Offices for information and application at 952-249-4600. Download the Kennel License Application (PDF).

Dogs Running at Large Prohibited

Any dog shall be deemed to be running at large unless it is:

  • On a durable leash secured to an object which it cannot move and is on the premises of the owner
  • On a leash and under control or within 10 feet and under effective command of accompanying person of suitable age and discretion
  • In owner's fenced yard or other suitable enclosure where dog cannot leave without human assistance
  • In a vehicle from which dog cannot leave without human assistance

Barking Dogs

Dogs shall not be allowed to unreasonably disturb the peace and quiet which includes:

  • Creation of noise by any dog which can be heard by any person outside the premises where dog is kept
  • Noise occurs repeatedly over at least a five minute period with one minute or less lapse of time between each barking, howling or baying noise during a five minute period

Female Dogs in Heat

Such dogs must be kept indoors or at a commercial kennel at the owner's expense for duration of their season.

Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous dog registration is required per Chapter 711, Minnesota Statute 347.50, Subdivision 2. Contact the Community Service Officer in the Orono Police Department 952-249-4700 for further information.

Dog Waste

It is unlawful for the owner of any dog to:

  • Fail to prevent dog from defecating in or upon public property or the premises of another
  • Permit the solid waste of a dog to accumulate on owner's premises for more than 24 hours