The Works Dog Grooming received approval from Marion County Commissioners as part of the consent agenda to continue business operations within a residential area.
Applicant Nora McGuire and the business owners, Joseph and Joni Cogdell, received approval for a special use permit from the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 16.
The Cogdells have operated their dog grooming business at 178 Almond Road in Ocala for the past eleven-plus years. The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until when their daily work is done, which is usually by no later than 4:30 p.m.
Up to four dogs can be scheduled for grooming at a time, but the shop also allows for walk-in appointments. The dogs are dropped off for their appointments and remain on-site for around one or two hours until the grooming is completed.
The office was created out of a converted house. The external properties located in the subdivisions along Baseline Road are mostly zoned R-O (Residential Office), while the internal properties are zoned R-1 (single-family dwellings).
The request to continue operations on Almond Road was approved with the following conditions:
- All dog waste must be enzyme-treated and/or collected daily, and the waste must be removed from the site weekly.
- The business must follow the kennel operation requirements of Marion County Animal Services.
- No overnight boarding of dogs on-site.
- No parking in the right-of-way.
- Existing vegetative buffers must remain and be maintained.
The special use permit expires on November 16, 2026, but it can be renewed through the Growth Services Director for up to five additional years.
The Marion County Board of County Commissioners meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the McPherson Governmental Campus Auditorium (601 SE 25th Avenue).