Villa Park board passes ordinance regulating pet shops and kennels

Lombard, IL

At Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, the Villa Park board approved an ordinance that establishes licensing and sanitation requirements for any pet shops or kennels located in town.

The Village Code was amended to include a provision that requires pet shop and kennel owners to operate business under a license issued by the state under the Illinois Animal Welfare Act, which is responsible for inspecting and regulating facilities that provide animals for sale or adoption.

Additionally, Villa Park’s amended ordinance dictates that a pet store cannot operate in town unless the business is in a permanent building that has been owned or leased by the business owner for at least a year.

This means that animals will no longer be sold at local farmers markets or flea markets.

The ordinance also includes many health and sanitation regulations related to the care of animals in pet stores and kennels.