A kennel must meet the zoning criteria required in Title 20 and be approved by the planning department before applying to Animal Services for a license. You may reach the Douglas County Planning Department at (775) 782-6218. Once your facility has been approved, you may submit an application to Animal Services in person at 921 Pinenut Rd.
Dog Fancier or Breeder License
Any owner or person keeping purebred dogs of a specific breed or pedigree for breeding, sale, or other dog facier or commercial purpose at any residence or other location in Douglas County.
Dog Rescue License
Any 501c3 nonprofit single person, entity or group engaged in providing temporary shelter, care or placement of dogs for up to six months, or as approved by animal control, for the purpose of placing them with new owners. A 501c3 is required to operate a dog rescue in Douglas County.
Pet Service License
Any single person, entity or group engaged in grooming or training pets, primarily dogs and cats, for commercial purpose or for training or competition, or at any residence or other location in Douglas County.
Pet Shop License
Any place of business, located in a commercial or industrial area, where dogs and any other animals are kept for sale, training, grooming, treating, or other commercial purpose.
For the above licenses; a minimum of 1 net acre is required to allow up to 6 dogs, and a minimum of 5 net acres is required to allow up to 8 dogs. Commercially zoned areas must be approved by the Douglas County Planning Department.
A Kennel License is a place of business where dogs are kept for boarding, breeding, training, grooming, treating, sale or other commercial purpose not covered under the provisions of a dog fancier or breeder, dog rescue kennel, pet grooming service or pet shop license. A veterinary clinic or hospital is excluded from this provision. In order to obtain a kennel license, a minimum of 10 net acres, or a commercially zoned area, approved by the Douglas County Planning Department, is required.