Animal Regulations

Veterinary Facilities

A Veterinary Facility or Clinic is defined as: "A facility for the diagnosis, treatment and hospitalization of animals." Section 4.3.1 of the Land Use Code further classifies these facilities based on the type of animal that is being cared for- Section 4.3.1.P. Pet animal veterinary clinic/hospital or Section 4.3.1.N. Livestock veterinary clinic/hospital.

Which Zone Districts allow veterinary facilities?

FA- Farming, FA-1 Farming, FO- Forestry, FO-1 Forestry, O-Open, RE- Rural Estate, AP- Airport,
B- Business, C- Commercial, I- Industrial, and RFLB- Red Feather Lakes Business (pet animal only)

Approval from Larimer County is needed before operating a veterinary facility business. Contact the Planning Department at (970) 498-7679 to get started with the review process. Click on the titles below for summary tables showing which review process is needed based on facility size and indoor/outdoor use areas.

  • Pet Animal Veterinary Facilities
    Pet Animal Veterinary Facilities
    Minor Special Review Special Review Site Plan review
    All Indoor use area up to 2,500 sq. ft. in RFBL zone district X
    All Indoor use area (any size) in B, C, and I zone districts X
    Indoor use area up to 2,500 sq. ft. and/or outdoor animal use area up to 200 sq. ft. X
    Indoor use area, 2,501 sq. ft. or more, and/or outdoor animal use area 201 sq. ft. or more X
  • Livestock Veterinary Facilities
    Livestock Veterinary Facilities
    Minor Special Review Special Review Site Plan review
    All Indoor use area (any size) in B, C, and I zone districts X
    Indoor use area up to 2,500 sq. ft. and/or outdoor animal use area up to 1,000 sq. ft. X
    Indoor use area 2,501 sq. ft. or more, and/or outdoor animal use area 1,001 sq. ft. or more X

Approvals from other agencies may also be required; see the state regulations under the Additional Resources and Information section below.

Pet Animal Facilities

A Veterinary Facility is different from a Pet Animal Facility. A Pet Animal Facility may include boarding or grooming, but no medical treatment of animals.



If you would like more specific information or if you have a question that's not answered here, please contact the Larimer County Planning Department at 970-498-7679 or send an email.



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