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What is a kennel?

Please be aware that there is a difference between a “hobby kennel” (having many of your own personal dogs) versus a “commercial kennel” (operating a kennel for commercially boarding, breeding or training dogs for money). If you are operating a commercial kennel you must have a kennel license as required by Michigan state law. The process of obtaining a kennel license involves initial inspection from Oakland County Animal Control.

For more information see the State of Michigan legal definition of a kennel.
 
What are the regulations for a dog kennel license?

Check with your local municipality first. They will notify you of their specific ordinances and regulations and determine if you have enough land/property to obtain a kennel license.
Approval process: 
  • Receive zoning approval from the municipality where you live.

  • Schedule the initial inspection by Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center. Please call us at 248-391-4102 to do this.

  • Take proof of your local municipality’s approval to operate a kennel AND the inspection form to Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, 1700 Brown Road Auburn Hills, MI 48326

  • Fees