Application for License: Kennel

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A kennel is a facility that accepts impounded, stray, abandoned, or owner-surrendered cats and dogs. This includes humane societies, rescue organizations and impound facilities.

Any person who operates a kennel where dogs or cats are kept, congregated, or confined, must be licensed with the Board of Animal Health if the dogs or cats were obtained from municipalities, pounds, auctions, or by advertising for unwanted dogs or cats, or dogs or cats strayed, abandoned, or stolen (Minnesota Statutes 347.34).

To obtain a kennel license, the kennel owner must submit a license application to the Board and pay a $15.00 annual license fee. The kennel must then be inspected by the Board to verify compliance with the requirements in Minnesota Statutes 347.31 - 347.40 and Minnesota rules 1721.0520.

The Board does not license the following:

  • A person’s home where dogs or cats are kept as pets.
  • Pounds owned and operated by any political subdivision of the state.
  • Veterinary clinics.
  • Foster-based only rescue organizations.
  • Training and boarding facilities.
  • Doggy daycare facilities.
  • Groomers.

However, the preceding list may require licensing by local ordinances. Please check with township, city or county officials for any rules they may have regarding licensing in your location.

To obtain a kennel license, complete this application and submit the $15.00 annual license fee.

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