Animal Fees, Tobacco Ordinances

05/24/2012

The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved several changes to county code on Tuesday, including increased animal control fees and two new tobacco related ordinances. Fees for dog licensing, dog redemption, dead pet removal, dead wildlife removal, potentially dangerous and vicious dog permits, hobby and ranch dogs, stray livestock, and exhibit and commercial animal establishment; the fees, which were last increased in 2009, are expected to bring an estimated extra $29,000 in revenue for the county. The first of the tobacco related ordinances restricts smoking in multi-unit housing, prohibiting it in all private outdoor spaces, such as balconies, patios and decks, and requires landlords to disclose the location of smoking areas.  All new multi-unit housing units will be required to be entirely smoke-free, and existing ones will have to be 80 percent smoke-free. The second tobacco related ordinance will require all tobacco retailers to be licensed. In 2010, 12 percent of Marin County tobacco retailers sold tobacco to underage smokers.