Dogs must be under control (on a leash) or confined in their yard or kennel. They are not to run loose through the neighborhood. If there is a problem animal in your area (running loose, excessive barking, threatening other animals or humans), please call the Animal Control Officer (Cache County Sheriff's Department) at 716-9400 to report the dog and, if possible, where the owner lives.
All dog licenses expire December 31st of each year. The licenses must be renewed annually; in January and February the license for a spayed or neutered dog is $5 while the license for an intact dog is $10. These fees double beginning March 1. Proof of rabies vaccination is required. Puppies do not need to be licensed until two months old.
If someone moves into Richmond anytime during the year, they have 10 days to license their dog/s. The exception is if they have a puppy less than two months old; then they may wait until it turns two months old.
Residents wishing to keep three or more dogs must have double the area required for their zone. For instance, if you live in a zone that requires a minimum of 10,000 square feet to build a house, then you must have 20,000 square feet to keep three or more dogs. You must also obtain a conditional use permit from Richmond Planning & Zoning as well as a license ($100 annual fee) from the City Council. See Ordinance 2003-2 for more information.
If you are opening a business in town, running a business from your home, or doing business within the community, you will need to obtain a business license from the city council. In some cases, you will also need to present your request to the Planning & Zoning Commission.
Please contact the City Manager (258-2092) for more information. Business licenses must also be renewed annually.
A building permit is needed when you are building a new house, and it may be needed for remodels or other structures as well. Please visit the "I Want to...Build page for more information.
County and city ordinance requires citizens to obtain a burn permit before burning any trash, weeds, etc. The permit doesn't cost anything, but you will be fined a minimum of $200 if you have an illegal burn, i.e. one that you did not get a permit for. Items not approved for burning include tires, rubber, plastic, insulation, and construction debris. Burns are not allowed if the burn index or air quality numbers are outside the approved parameters. You will be assigned a permit number. All fires must be out by sundown; someone must be present while the fire is active.
The state Department of Air Quality (DAQ) has set the rules for open burn seasons and offers an online application. Key things to remember when using this site:
The open burn can only be requested for that day, i.e., if you want to burn on Saturday you need to request it that day.
You will NOT receive an email from the local fire department stating your permit has been approved. On the final page of the online application, be sure to print your permit or at least write down the permit number the system assigns you.
If you don't have internet at home, the Richmond Public Library offers free computer access. You may also contact DAQ for a printed application; however, it may take up to 14 days for approval.