Doggy hotel: Yup, there’s a zoning exemption for that

Los Angeles /
Apr.April 13, 2017 02:00 PM

Here’s something to paw-nder. In case you were wondering, the overnight boarding of dogs and cats is not permitted in a typical Los Angeles commercial zone.

That’s why Dog-E-Den, a pet hotel and spa that opened in Sherman Oaks last year, filed for a zone variance Monday, city records show.

The code allows a “[b]ird store or taxidermist, or a pet shop for the keeping or sale of domestic or wild animals” in the C2 zone, but it does not mention the overnight boarding of such animals explicitly.

For this reason, according to a planning department spokesperson, Dog-E-Den had to make the request. It’s likely that the pet center on Ventura Boulevard received notice from the L.A. Department of Building and Safety to comply with the zoning code, the spokesperson said.

It’s also possible, he added, that the pet center on Ventura Boulevard had been knowingly operating without complying with the code since it opened in April 2016.

The variance applicant and agent registered to Dog-E-Den, Eugene Barash, could not be reached for comment. Other representatives at the pet hotel declined to comment.

L.A.’s ailing zoning code — which has remained pretty much unchanged since it was penned in 1946 — is very literal. Anything that isn’t explicitly named it in necessitates a zone variance, the planning spokesperson said.

To accommodate some hyper-specialized uses, the code has accrued a list of supplements that address, among others, commercial earthworm farms, baby gyms, and pigeon keeping facilities, Curbed reported in 2014.

Guess doggy hotels didn’t make the list.

The city kicked off a comprehensive overhaul of the zoning code in 2012. Read more about L.A.’s zoning issues here.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
The San Pedro Fish Market is one of the top-grossing restaurants in the U.S. (Getty, Facebook via San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant / Photo Illustration by Alison Bushor for The Real Deal)
San Pedro Fish Market plans new “supersize” restaurant
San Pedro Fish Market plans new “supersize” restaurant
The Chateau Marmont (Getty) and protest signs (Unite Here Local 11)
Chateau Marmont workers say iconic West Hollywood hotel misused rescue funds
Chateau Marmont workers say iconic West Hollywood hotel misused rescue funds
Small Business Administration administrator Isabel Guzman (Getty, iStock)
Starved for relief: Restaurants seek $76B, far more than budgeted
Starved for relief: Restaurants seek $76B, far more than budgeted
Goodman CEO Greg Goodman and a rendering of the facility. (Goodman)
Goodman’s massive logistics center will target e-commerce tenants
Goodman’s massive logistics center will target e-commerce tenants
California is waiting to adopt the CDC maskless decision. (Getty)
California still says mask up at office, for now
California still says mask up at office, for now
Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman with 3400 Hillview and 3176 Porter (Getty, HPP)
Hudson Pacific posts profit after 2 straight quarters of losses
Hudson Pacific posts profit after 2 straight quarters of losses
Mariposa on 3rd
CGI Strategies secures $42M loan on Koreatown apartment complex
CGI Strategies secures $42M loan on Koreatown apartment complex
Gov. Gavin Newsom with Doug Ose and John Cox (Getty, Twitter)
Real estate execs among challengers in Newsom recall
Real estate execs among challengers in Newsom recall
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...