City of Newport, MN

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City of Newport
596 7th Avenue
Newport, MN 55055
Phone: (651) 459-5677
Fax: (651) 459-9883

Hours: Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

ANIMAL CONTROL

 

Where Are Animals Impounded?
Animals are impounded at the South St. Paul Animal Hospital. Contact information is as follows:

               South St. Paul Animal Hospital
               501 Concord Street North
               South St. Paul, MN 55075
               (651) 455-5897

Dog Licenses
To help ensure that all dogs in the City of Newport have up to date rabies vaccinations, the City requires that all dogs over the age of six months be licensed.

Licenses must be renewed on an annual basis and can be done at City Hall. Licenses go on sale the Monday after Thanksgiving and have a fee of $10 if purchased by January 31st. After this date, the fee is $20. A current rabies vaccination record must be presented at the time of purchase.

Animals Running At Large
Per City Ordinance, no owner shall permit any dog, farm animal, wild or exotic animal to run at large. Failure to comply with this ordinance may result in the impounding of the animal and / or a citation. If an officer finds a dog with a City license, the officer will attempt to return the animal to its property before resorting to impounding the dog.

Pets in Parks
Pets are allowed in Newport parks, providing they are in the custody of a responsible person. Animals are allowed to enter nature interpretive areas, wildlife refuges, park buildings, and pedestrian hiking / biking trails ONLY if they are controlled by a leash, with the exception of recognized service animals. When in public areas, pet owners must be equipped with a device to remove and dispose of feces created by their pet. Pet owners must also control their pet so that it does not disturb, harass, or interfere with others.

Number of Animals Permitted
The City requires kennel licenses for any household or premise that houses four or more dogs or cats. The kennel license is $50 per year and needs to be approved by the City Council annually. Please note that all dogs must also be individually licensed. You may click on the link above to download an application for a kennel license.

Chicken Permits

Residents living on a single-family property in the R1, R1-A, RE, MX-1 or MX-4 Districts can have chickens with a Chicken Permit. The Chicken Permit is $25 per year and needs to be approved by the City Council annually. Residents wishing to get a chicken permit must receive written consent from 75% of property owners situated within 150 from the chicken coop. Please view Section 600.20 of the City Code for more information on chicken permits and requirements for chicken coops and runs. You can click on the link above to download the application.

 

Farm Animals

Residents living on at least four acres can have farm animals with a Farm Animal Permit. The Farm Animal Permit is $25 per year and needs to be approved by the City Council annually. Properties must contain at least one acre per farm animal unit. Animal units are calculated based on the following:

Animal

Animal Unit

One mature dairy cow

1.4

One slaughter steer or heifer

1.0

One horse

1.0

One swine over 55 pounds

0.4

One goose or duck

0.2

One goat or sheep

0.1

One swine under 55 pounds

0.05

One turkey

0.018

One chicken

0.01

Please view Chapter 6 of the City Code for more information on farm animal permits and requirements. You can click on the link above to download the application.

 

Honeybees

Residents living in the RE District can keep honeybees with a Farm Animal Permit. The Farm Animal Permit is $25 per year and needs to be approved by the City Council annually. Residents wishing to keep honeybees must provide written notification to properties within 250 feet from the hive. Please view Chapter 6 of the City Code for more information on the keeping of honeybees.

 

Special Animal Permit

Residents wishing to keep more than four rabbits, guinea pigs, dove, or pigeons must obtain a Special Animal Permit from the City Council.  The Special Animal Permit is $25 per year and needs to be approved by the City Council annually. Please view Chapter 6 for more information on Special Animal Permits.