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Kennel License

Kennels are used to house, board, train and breed animals. You must be licensed to own or operate a Kennel in Miami-Dade County. Kennel licenses are issued by Miami-Dade Animal Services.

  • Eligibility & Requirements

    Interested parties should contact us to request a License Application Packet. Upon receipt of your request an Animal Services Investigator will contact you to schedule an informative meeting detailing the application process.

    If you sell pets, they must be microchipped and registered to the new owner and must be sold with an original official certificate of veterinary inspection (Sec. 5-10).

    Kennel owners must present evidence that their business is legal, including:

    • Corporate documents,
    • Federal identification number from the IRS,
    • Certificate of Occupancy (Miami-Dade County and / or municipality) 
    • Business Tax Receipt (Miami-Dade County and / or the municipality).
  • Regulation & Compliance

    Animal Businesses' License Requirements

    Lists the basic requirements for licensing kennels, breeders, pet dealers, pet care centers and hobby breeders, including: • A separate license is required for each location. • Licenses are not transferable. • All licenses expire on September 30 each year and must be renewed annually. • Requires recordkeeping. • License number must be displayed in all advertising. • Lists potential reasons for denial, suspension or revocation of licenses and how to appeal decision.

    Additional Restrictions on Animal Sales

    Adds restrictions on the sale of rabbits, fowl and turtles and prohibits the sale of artificially colored animals or fowl. Turtles must be certified by the Health Department to be free from salmonella contamination and a warning sign must be displayed near each turtle display.

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Mail / Email

Locations and Hours

  • Pet Adoption and Protection Center

    3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
    Tuesday
    11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Friday
    11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.