Kennel Design; review all the codes before you start your project.
I am an architectural designer, and I specialize in animal care facility design. My work extends all across the USA and in countries around the globe. Because my work is, well, everywhere, I find it very interesting how both local building codes and zoning ordinances vary from one project to the next. Even neighboring cities have different regulations.
One of the services we offer is a Feasibility Study. In this study, we examine the local regulations to help ensure that the design we are about to prepare meets these local regulations. This will help design your kennel for the future.
I saw post recently where a homeowner posted a giant NO PARKING! sign on his front lawn. Apparently, patrons of the kennel across the street are parking in this man’s driveway while they are conducting business at the kennel. The kennel has no off-street parking, and the street is only 18′ wide, leaving little room for parking. Because the kennel has been there for years, the city says, “…it’s not our problem!”
On many projects, we use a circular driveway for customers to drive up, drop off / pick up, and then drive off. I might suggest that a kennel have an attendant on the drive too during the morning intake hours, and in the evening, offer a service where the customer can call ahead to pick up an animal, and having the pet ready and waiting. Services like this, reduce the number of parking spaces needed and are especially good in situations, like this, where the kennel is operating in a non-commercial zoning district with no off-street parking.
Parking is a real concern, but for a kennel, there are so many aspects to getting the design right. So, when planning for your kennel, be sure to research all the local regulations, but also, consider the needs of your neighbors too. Starting off on the right foot will go a long way in building a business.
If you need help in the design of your new boarding kennel, animal shelter, or veterinary hospital, give me a call.