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Minnesota County Animal Control & Kennel Ordinances

As of March 2014.The following 87 Minnesota counties either have, or do not have, county level ordinances which regulate the number of dogs and cats an owner may possess at any one time. Most of the counties shown with a “YES”, require a kennel license or kennel permit starting with only 3-5 dogs as the threshold. Most counties also require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to house or possess more than 3-5 dogs in a single location. Most counties also limit the location in which a kennel (more than 3-5 dogs in a single location) can operate to non-residential, and non agricultural, zoned areas. “Partial City Overlay” means that while the county does not have an ordinance, at least one city (sometimes many more), usually at least the “Principal City”, does have an ordinance limiting dog and cat ownership to 3-5. Most of the cities studied to date absolutely prohibit more than 3-5 dog & cats within city limits. All city and county ordinances apply whether one owns the animals as pets, or for breeding, without distinction.

Rank
County Population Principal City Regulates Kennels for dogs and/or cats?
#1 Hennepin 1,152,425 Minneapolis NO: 100% City Overlay
#2 Ramsey 508,640 St. Paul NO: 100% City Overlay
#3 Dakota 398,522 Eagan NO (partial city overlay)
#4 Anoka 330,844 Coon Rapids NO (partial city overlay)
#5 Washington 238,136 Woodbury YES
#6 St. Louis 200,266 Duluth YES
#7 Stearns 150,642 St. Cloud YES
#8 Olmsted 144,248 Rochester YES
#9 Scott 129,928 Shakopee NO (partial city overlay)
#10 Wright 124,700 St. Michael YES
#11 Carver 92,042 Chaska YES
#12 Sherburne 88,499 Elk River YES
#13 Rice 61,142 Faribault YES
#14 Blue Earth 64,013 Mankato YES
#15 Crow Wing 62,500 Brainerd NO (partial city overlay)
#16 Clay 58,999 Moorhead YES
#17 Otter Tail 57,303 Fergus Falls NO (partial city overlay)
#18 Chisago 53,887 North Branch YES
#19 Winona 51,461 Winona NO (partial city overlay)
#20 Goodhue 46,183 Red Wing YES
#21 Itasca 45,058 Grand Rapids NO (partial city overlay)
#22 Beltrami 44,442 Bemidji NO (partial city overlay)
#23 Kandiyohi 42,239 Willmar YES
#24 Mower 39,163 Austin NO (partial city overlay)
#25 Benton 38,451 Sauk Rapids YES
#26 Isanti 37,816 Cambridge YES
#27 McLeod 36,651 Hutchinson YES
#28 Steele 36,576 Owatonna YES
#29 Douglas 36,009 Alexandria NO (partial city overlay)
#30 Carlton 35,386 Cloquet YES
#31 Morrison 33,198 Little Falls YES
#32 Nicollet 32,727 North Mankato NO (partial city overlay)
#33 Becker 32,504 Detroit Lakes NO (partial city overlay)
#34 Polk 31,600 East Grand Forks YES
#35 Freeborn 31,255 Albert Lea YES
#36 Pine 29,750 Pine City NO (partial city overlay)
#37 Cass 28,567 Walker YES
#38 Le Sueur 27,703 Le Center YES
#39 Mille Lacs 26,097 Princeton NO (partial city overlay)
#40 Brown 25,893 New Ulm YES
#41 Lyon 25,857 Marshall YES
#42 Todd 24,895 Long Prairie YES
#43 Meeker 23,300 Litchfield NO (partial city overlay)
#44 Wabasha 21,676 Wabasha YES
#45 Nobles 21,378 Worthington YES
#46 Fillmore 20,866 Spring Valley YES
#47 Martin 20,840 Fairmont NO (partial city overlay)
#48 Hubbard 20,428 Park Rapids NO (partial city overlay)
#49 Dodge 20,087 Kasson NO (partial city overlay)
#50 Waseca 19,136 Waseca YES
#51 Houston 19,027 La Crescent YES
#52 Kanabec 16,239 Mora NO (partial city overlay)
#53 Aitkin 16,202 Aitkin NO
#54 Redwood 16,059 Redwood Falls NO (partial city overlay)
#55 Renville 15,730 Olivia NO (patial city overlay)
#56 Roseau 15,629 Roseau NO (partial city overlay)
#57 Sibley 15,226 Gaylord YES
#58 Faribault 14,553 Blue Earth YES
#59 Pennington 13,930 Thief River Falls YES
#60 Wadena 13,843 Wadena NO (partial city overlay)
#61 Koochiching 13,311 InternatnalFalls YES
#62 Chippewa 12,441 Montevideo YES
#63 Cottonwood 11,687 Windom NO (partial city overlay)
#64 Watonwan 11,211 St. James NO (partial city overlay)
#65 Pope 10,995 Glenwood NO (partial city overlay)
#66 Lake 10,866 Two Harbors YES
#67 Yelw Med. 10,438 Granite Falls YES
#68 Jackson 10,266 Jackson YES
#69 Swift 9,783 Benson NO (partial city overlay)
#70 Stevens 9,726 Morris YES
#71 Rock 9,687 Luverne NO (partial city overlay)
#72 Pipestone 9,596 Pipestone NO (partial city overlay)
#73 Marshall 9,439 Warren NO
#74 Murray 8,725 Slayton YES
#75 Clearwater 8,695 Bagley NO
#76 LacquiParle 7,259 Madison NO (partial city overlay)
#77 Norman 6,852 Ada NO
#78 Wilkin 6,576 Breckenridge NO (partial city overlay)
#79 Grant 6,018 Elbow Lake NO
#80 Lincoln 5,896 Tyler NO (partial city overlay)
#81 Mahnomen 5,413 Mahnomen NO (partial city overlay)
#82 Big Stone 5,269 Ortonville NO (partial city overlay)
#83 Cook 5,176 Grand Marais YES
#84 Kittson 4,552 Hallock NO
#85 Red Lake 4,089 Red Lake Falls NO (partial city overlay)
#86 Lake-Woods 4,045 Baudette NO
#87 Traverse 3,558 Wheaton YES