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Dog Breeding Kennel

Required State License(s):

Large Scale Dog Breeding Kennel Registration: Facilities that house more than 15 intact female dogs that have whelped before. For more information, visit MDARD's website.


Kennel licensing is regulated locally. The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) has authorized local animal control officers, chiefs of police, or sheriffs' departments to act in the MDARD director's name in conducting kennel inspections and signing off on the inspection certificates. MDARD therefore advises people wishing to license a kennel to contact their local animal control to arrange for an animal control officer to conduct an inspection of facilities to determine if they meet the requirements of a kennel.

Below you will find links to the law and regulation regarding kennels.

Other Possible License(s):

A kennel license may be required by the county animal control office or local animal shelter.

A sales tax license is required depending on the type of products sold, whether from the home or at a retail establishment. You may call the Michigan Department of Treasury at (517) 636-4660.

Personalized sales tax returns and a payment schedule will be mailed to you about four to six weeks after your registration is processed. If you have questions about this process, please call the Michigan Department of Treasury at (517) 636-4730.

Revised: 7/2019