Animal Control Violations

Animal Control Safety and Violations:

To report an animal control violation just dial the number below. Please describe the nature of the violation and the physical address or parcel number. The Sheriff does not actively patrol for violations and only investigates complaints it receives.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Number: 928-771-3260

A. Definitions

1. “AT LARGE” means being neither confined by a suitable enclosure nor physically restrained on a leash.
2. “ENFORCEMENT AGENT” means persons in Yavapai County responsible for the enforcement of this Ordinance and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
3. “OWNER” means any person owning, possessing, harboring or maintaining a dog, or any persons acting for the owner, or having charge of a dog.
4. “DOG” means member of the familiaris and domesticated wolves and offspring of dogs cross-bred with wild animals or domesticated wolves.
5. “DOG PARK” means a suitably enclosed and supervised area designated by the County or any city or town within which dogs are not required to be leashed or otherwise subject to physical restraint.

B. General Provisions

1. This Ordinance shall not apply to any incorporated city or town or to any Indian Reservation but shall apply only within the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County. The provisions of State law shall apply in those instances where this Ordinance is not equal to or more stringent than State law.
2. No dog shall be permitted at large except as provided herein. Dogs shall be confined within a suitable enclosure or otherwise physically restrained to prevent entry of dogs on public or private property other than the owner’s or on a leash not to exceed six (6) feet in length and of sufficient strength to control the dog.
3. Any dog over the age of four (4) months shall wear a collar or harness to which is attached a valid license tag. Dogs shall not be required to wear a collar or harness with a valid license attached while being used for control of livestock, or while being used or trained for hunting, while being exhibited or trained at a kennel club event, while engaged in races approved by the Arizona Racing Commission or while being transported to and from such events or races provided that they are properly vaccinated, licensed and controlled. In the event the owner can demonstrate that no approved vaccination is available a license which shall be different from a rabies tag is required.
4. It shall be unlawful for an owner or designated responsible person to maintain a dog having a propensity to bark, howl or otherwise disturb the peace and quiet of any county resident. The enforcement agency shall make every effort, including canvassing of affected neighbors, to ensure that unwarranted citations are not issued.

C. Enforcement

1. Any dog, licensed or unlicensed, which is running at large may be apprehended and impounded by the County enforcement agent. The County enforcement agent shall have the right to enter upon private property in order to apprehend any dog that has been running at large, provided the enforcement agent is in reasonable pursuit of such dog.
2. County enforcement agents and law enforcement officials may issue citations to the owner, or other person acting for the owner, when a dog is permitted to be at large. The procedure for the issuance of a notice to appear shall be as provided for peace officers in A.R.S. § 13-3903 except that the County enforcement officer shall not make an arrest before issuing the notice. The issuance of citations pursuant to this Ordinance shall be subject to the provisions of A.R.S. § 13-3899.
3. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 11-1015, it is unlawful for any person to interfere with the County enforcement agent in the performance of his duties.

D. Exemptions

1. A dog may run at large while participating in field trials, obedience classes, kennel club events, organized school or park-sponsored shows, while assisting its owner or trained in legal hunting or in herding livestock, while assisting a police officer engaged in law enforcement duties, or while assisting its blind or deaf master, so long as sufficient control is exercised permit immediate leashing of the dog upon any person’s reasonable request.
2. Dogs are allowed to occupy vehicles, including truck beds, without restraint, but as soon as a dog leaves a truck bed, it is considered to be at large

E. Special Exemption for Dog Parks

1. Upon written application by the County, or by any city or town, the Board of Supervisors may permit dogs to run without restraint within the enclosed area of a designated Dog Park subject to the condition that the
dog’s owner must remain within the enclosed area of the Dog park and exercise appropriate supervision and control at all times that a dog is allowed to run without restraint.
2. Applications for of a special exemption for a Dog Park shall be accompanied by a Development Plan to include a map and legal description of the proposed Dog Park, construction plans for all improvements to be made on the premises, procedures for maintaining the premises in a sanitary condition and a plan for staffing and supervision of the Dog Park.
3. As a condition of approval of a special exemption for a Dog Park, the applicant shall obtain a premises liability insurance policy, in a form acceptable to the County, with a minimum annual aggregate policy limit
as specified by the County which shall name the County as a primary or additional insured. The policy shall protect the County from any and all lawsuits, claims, awards or other losses, including reasonable attorney fees arising from the operation of the Dog Park. On or before the effective date of the special exemption, the applicant shall provide to the County a certificate of insurance confirming the required coverage and shall notify the County no less than 10 days prior to any changes in coverage including policy forms, policy limits, cancellations, non-renewals or changes in insurance carriers.
4. The operator of a Dog Park authorized pursuant to this Section may enact rules and regulating governing the operation of the Dog Park provided that such rules and regulations are equal to or more stringent than corresponding provisions of this Ordinance.
5. The Board of Supervisors may revoke a special exemption for a Dog Park upon a determination that the interests of the County are not served by continued operation of the Dog Park or that the public health, safety or welfare is threatened or may be threatened by continued operation of the Dog Park.

F. Biting Animals

1. The procedures set forth in A.R.S. § 11-1014 shall be followed for biting animals. Domesticated wolves and offspring of domestic animals bred with wild animals or domesticated wolves shall be considered wild animals pursuant to the provisions of A.R.S. § 11-1014(c).

G. Penalties

1. A person who is convicted of a violation of this Ordinance is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor. As a minimum penalty , a person convicted hereunder shall to pay a fine of not less than fifty dollars, which shall not be suspended unless, at the discretion of the judge court, that person is ordered to perform and complete a minimum of eight hours of community service.
2. Any person requesting the release of an impounded dog shall provide proof of anti-rabies vaccinations and license, or shall obtain any applicable license and vaccination and shall pay for the cost of impoundment in accordance with a fee schedule adopted by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. Proof of ownership of the dog may be required prior to release. Any impounded dog which is not claimed within seventy-two hours shall be deemed abandoned. County enforcement agents may take possession of abandoned dogs and may place the dog for sale or may dispose of the dog in a humane manner. Any person purchasing an abandoned dog shall obtain applicable anti-rabies vaccinations and pay the applicable license and impoundment fees.

H. Repealer

Yavapai County Ordinance No. 1991-2 is hereby repealed

I. Effective Date

This Ordinance, including the repealer contained herein shall be effective October 5, 2000.
Passed and adopted by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors this 5th day of September, 2000.
/s/ A.G. “Chip” Davis A. G. “Chip” Davis, Chairman Yavapai County Board of Supervisors
/s/ Bev Staddon
Bev Staddon, Clerk
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors

Beaver Buggy Transport

Beaver Creek Transit, (the Beaver Buggy), celebrated its third anni­ver­sary on January 3, 2014. Three years of bringing free (dona­tions appreciated) transpor­tation to sen­iors and those of all ages with disa­bilities.  Thanks to all of the volun­teers and the LMPOA and BC Adult Center spon­sorship, the years have passed quickly. Now BCT is ready to move forward with phase 2, a link to the new Yavapai Apache Transit (YAT) which is linking to Cottonwood Area Transit (CAT). The new route created by the Nation connects much of the Verde Valley with a twice daily bus run. Fares are $1.25 or $3.00 for a one day pass.

Diana Bonnaha, YAT Director, hopes to start the service on April 14. When it is available, the BC Buggy will drop off and pick up riders in Camp Verde at the YAT bus stops. For these trips BCT will accept riders of all ages who are old enough not to require a car seat. The trips must be scheduled in advance by calling 592-2839 and ID is required for boarding. Passengers will be dropped at one of the Camp Verde stops in the 8:45 to 9:15 AM time slot and pick up in Camp Verde in the 3:30 to 3:50 PM time range. The YAT bus stops at Wal-Mart, Safeway, Cottonwood Library, and the VV Medical Center. Riders may transfer to CAT routes to go elsewhere.

Please extend your appreciation to Diana, Sonny Jackson, YAN Public Works Director, Robert Mills, YAN Grant Writer, and the Y-A Nation for sharing these opportunities with Beaver Creek residents. Also thank you to the BC Buggy’s current volunteer drivers who will get residents to the CV stops: Tony Testa, Nancy Rowland, Nancy Phillips, Ron Melcher, Margaret Holt, Dorcas Gerace, Rick Ayars, Janet Aniol. We could always use more drivers. Please call if you’re interested.

Transportation Reports

Planning and Zoning Archives


January, 2010 – RR Super Storage sign, Mobile Skirting, Park Model Variance Request
March, 2010 – Outcomes, Violation Zoning Inspections
April, 2010 – Violations, Inspections, Outcomes
May, 2010 – Updates, Plat for Beaver Creek Villas
June, 2010 – Zoning Inspectors, Plat for BC Villas, Wind/Solar
December, 2010 – #H10097, #H10058, #H10096


January, 2009 – Jail Tax, Re-apportion Sales Tax
February, 2009 – A Quiet Month
March, 2009 – ZOA, Section 441, Section 442
May, 2009 – Rimrock Super Storage, Sustainable Planning
June, 2009 – Rimrock Super Storage, Guesthouses
July, 2009 – Commissioners Meet, Solar in Rimrock
August, 2009 – Outcomes, Open Space Sustainable Planning
September, 2009 – Special Events, Camping
October, 2009 – Too Much to Summarize
November, 2009 – P&Z Commission Decisions
December, 2009 – BOS Decides, RR Super Storage Sign Variance


January, 2008 – Luna Vista
February, 2008 – Red Rocks Development
July, 2008 – VV Regional Plan Work Group
August, 2008 – Open Space Subdivision, Various Meetings
September, 2008 – Sustainable Planning Update
October, 2008 – Guest Homes as Rentals
November, 2008 – Vehicle Storage, Sustainable Planning Update
December, 2008 – Disposition Commercial Vehicles on Residential Property

Flood Insurance


Are you without flood insurance and would like to get it? Do you currently have flood insurance, but your rates are very expensive? Did your homeowners’ policy insurance company cancel your flood insurance portion? Do you live in an area where run off coming from mesas and ridges and old washes are overflowing, and you are looking for insurance coverage? According to Brian Cosson, CFM, NFIP State Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Water Resources, “everyone is eligible to purchase flood insurance regardless of the age of the structure, because Yavapai County is in good standing with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Any structure that was permitted before August 19, 1985 is considered preFlood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and is eligible for preFIRM rates. PreFIRM rates are approximately $400 per $100,000 in coverage. If the depth of flooding in an area is ‘only’ two (2) feet deep or so, an owner may only need $50,000 in structural coverage to cover the cost of carpet, drywall, cabinets, etc. The owner can also purchase contents insurance, which will increase the amount of the premium. Insurance can be obtained by contacting any insurance agent or by calling the National Flood Insurance Program at (800) 638-6620.”

Regarding the runoff areas Mr. Cosson states, “If the structure is located outside a Special Flood Hazard Area, the owner will most likely be eligible for the preferred risk policy, which can be as low as $250 a year.” Contact you insurance agency, then NFIP, to compare prices.

If you do not have insurance and would like to get it, contact a local agent AND the NFIP at the number above and compare prices. If you currently have insurance, contact your agent for the amount you are now paying, then call NFIP for their rate for the same coverage. You may get a better rate through NFIP. If your homeowners’ policy insurance company has dropped your flood insurance, contact another local agency, then contact NFIP and compare prices.

Visit this site to obtain more information on flooding insurance.

There are choices available. Take advantage of that fact and contact your sources to compare for the best price.