No possible way to legally Dog Sit in Las Vegas?

asked 2016-09-08 21:45:24 -0500

Since sitting with Rover, we have had a great time with the dogs but an AWFUL time with the authorities of Clark County. We had been sitting 2-3 dogs at a single time total.

After a few months, one of our lovely neighbors reported us to animal control for having too many dogs on the property. They were incorrect in reporting us, but the Clark County government have given us so much grief, false information and hassle ever since.

We looked into the Clark County rules and regulations on dog sitting, and while a little vague, we have finally got to the bottom of it all.

Clark County Rules on Dog Sitting: - You cannot house more than 3 dogs and/or cats on your property at any one time. - Dogs/cats staying up to 72 hours WITHOUT renumeration (for money) are not counted in this figure. - All dogs/cats on a Clark County premises must have an up to date rabies vaccination. Certificate must be provided when asked for (Even for visiting dogs/cats). They also must be identified in some way to link the animal to it's owner. - You CANNOT Dog Sit for money without a Business Licence. - You CANNOT start a Business without getting Zoning permission Clark County Comprehensive Planning (Land Use Application form). They will let you get a Business Licence, however, it would not be valid without with permission. - You CANNOT get Zoning permission on a residential property in Clark County for this type of business (NAICS Code: 812910: Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services). - You CAN get Zoning permission (and then a Business Licence) if you are commercially Zoned.... Which defeats the point (or at least, my understanding) of http://Rover.com to be honest.

When looking up on http://Rover.com for Dog Sitters in Las Vegas, I can see so many people in residential homes dog sitting... I asked Animal Control this question, to which they responded: "We are slowly catching them all and taking them to court".

We have a court date scheduled for a couple of months time, and to be honest, I'm pretty pissed off! Firstly because there are active sitters doing exactly the same thing as we did, and secondly, because I reached out to http://Rover.com and they gave me a one-liner: "You are responsible for checking and conforming to your local laws". While this is true, why doesn't http://Rover.com check for Business Licences in certain areas? or at least do more to warn users of these potential issues. They could message everybody in Clark Country and say: "By the way, thanks for your patronage on http://Rover.com, but I thought I should tell you that you can't dog sit on here in Clark County unless you're a business". Might be useful!

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As an independent contractor you are required to be sure it is legal to run a pet care business where you live. I'd bet many sitters in LV comply, and many do not. This is not a Rover thing but a community one!

Walt G.'s profile image Walt G.  ( 2016-09-09 14:03:11 -0500 ) edit

I think you are missing the point of my message, unless you only skimmed it?? Making sure it's legal here means owning a business in a commerically zoned area (NOT from home). aka $3000+ a month upfront. Rover's core values aka Mission Statement suggest something different ENTIRELY. THATS my point

Jason G.'s profile image Jason G.  ( 2016-09-09 19:43:17 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2016-09-12 11:16:17 -0500

Rover cannot be responsible for checking out every county, city, state laws regarding animal care, the list is way too long. Walt did not miss the point, he is totally correct. As an independent contractor, you are responsible for determining whether your business/services are legal in your area. Rover does not employ you, therefore they don't have any obligation to provide you with information on local laws. Rover is primarily a job matching service, providing us as ICs a means of advertising and providing our services to pet owners. Their About Us page says, "We empower dog lovers from coast to coast to start their own small businesses using Rover's platform, and give them the tools to succeed." Starting a small business entails making sure you follow all local rules and regulations.

You asked why rover.com doesn't check for business licenses or warn people? They do - they say exactly what you quoted. It's your responsibility as a business owner to check on these things, not theirs. I'm sorry you had this happen to you, but it's not Rover's fault. And the fact that others are doing it is irrelevant. It's like speeding on a highway - many people get away with it, but some get stopped and ticketed.

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answered 2016-11-23 22:39:09 -0500

I just joined http://Rover.com almost a couple weeks ago. I live in Clark County, in North Las Vegas, so this concerned me also. I just sent an email to chap@clarkcountynv.gov for verification of what you had stated. I would like to get it cleared up whether pet-sitting is legal here because if they set the laws up that way, I would rather not do it. I did find additional information that does seem to point to the contrary:

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Hopefully, it is legal and there is some miscommunication, and that the case against you has no leg to stand on. I will post a response containing the response of the person I e-mailed earlier as soon as I get it.

EDIT (11/29/16)

Here is the response I have gotten back:



You may legally operate a pet sitting business in Clark County with the correct approvals. Your first step would be to contact our Zoning Department at 702- 455-4314, to verify that your business address or home is suitable to use for the type of business you will be doing. Zoning will also verify what jurisdiction your address is located in. If you receive verification that your home is suitable and that it is in Clark County’s jurisdiction you may proceed in getting a Clark County Business License Business License by completing the 10 Easy Steps. The NAICS Code you referenced (812910) is the code you will use when applying if you wish to do so online.

The Clark County code that was being referenced in the comment that you read is as follows:

No person shall keep more than three dogs over four months of age, nor more than three cats over four months of age, at any one place, or on any premises, or in any one residence unless otherwise specified by this chapter or by the approval of a land use application subject to the provisions in Chapter 30.44 of Clark County Code. Any dog exempt from the sterilization requirements in Section 10.08.132(b) shall not be counted towards the maximum number of dogs permitted. Any dog or cat visiting a location for a period of seventy-two hours or less, other than for remuneration, shall not be counted towards the maximum number of household pets permitted.

I hope this provides some clarification. If you have any other questions, please let me know. Feel free to browse our Clark County Code if you have any future questions about regulations as well.


Danielle Maatouk

Program Specialist Danielle.Maatouk@ClarkCountyNV.gov Clark County Business License Direct: (702) 455-3995 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy, 3rd Flr. Las Vegas, NV 89155


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Wishing you good luck in getting approval. Far too many Rover sitters don't check with their zoning dept and are operating outside the law and risk being shut down and or fined

Walt G.'s profile image Walt G.  ( 2016-12-01 07:36:59 -0500 ) edit

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