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AN ACT concerning regulation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Animal Welfare Act is amended by adding
Section 18.2 as follows:
(225 ILCS 605/18.2 new)
Fire alarm system.
(a) In this Section:
"Fire alarm system" means a system that automatically
triggers notification to local emergency responders when
"Staffing plan" means a plan to staff a kennel operator
anytime dogs or cats are on the premises. At a minimum, a
staffing plan must include the kennel operator's hours of
operation, number of staff, names of staff, and the staff's
contact information. The Department may adopt rules adding
requirements to a staffing plan.
"Qualified fire inspector" means a local fire official or a
building inspector working for a unit of local government or
fire protection district who is qualified to inspect buildings
for fire safety or building code compliance.
(b) A kennel operator that maintains dogs or cats for
boarding and that is not staffed at all times dogs or cats are
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on the premises shall be equipped with at least one fire alarm
system or fire sprinkler system in operating condition in every
building of the kennel operator that is used for the housing of
animals. The kennel operator shall certify in its license
application and annually certify in its license renewal that
either: (1) its facility has a fire alarm system or a fire
sprinkler system, and shall include with the application or
license renewal an attached description and picture of the make
and model of the system used; or (2) the kennel is staffed at
all times dogs or cats are on the premises, and shall include
with the application or license renewal an attached staffing
plan. The Department shall include this certification on each
application for license or license renewal.
(c) A qualified fire inspector may inspect a kennel
operator that maintains dogs and cats for boarding during the
course of performing routine inspections. If during a routine
inspection a qualified fire inspector determines that the
kennel operator does not have a fire alarm system or fire
sprinkler system the inspector may inform the Department.
(d) For the purposes of this Section, veterinary hospitals,
practices, or offices are not kennel operators.
This Act takes effect January