Dog Sellers & Shelters
Inspections and Fees
Contact information for inspectors (1 page PDF)
Because this is a new law, the licensing procedure differs slightly from what it will be in the future. We are issuing temporary conditional licenses to applicants -- the condition being that they pass an inspection between June 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012. If someone holding a temporary conditional licenses cannot meet the licensing requirements, the license may be voided.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2012, facilities will need to pass an inspection before applicants receive licenses. Licenses will expire every Sept. 30. After the initial pre-licensing inspection, facilities will be inspected once in every two years. All the locations listed on the license are subject to inspection. We may also inspect locations where license holders place dogs in home custody or foster care, although these places do not need to be licensed.
When we inspect, we are looking at whether the operator is meeting all the requirements of the law, including the facility, care of dogs, and record-keeping. If there are violations, license holders have the opportunity to correct them. Some may be correctable on the spot. If inspectors do have to return to re-inspect to ensure violations have been corrected, license holders may be charged a re-inspection fee of $150. We will not renew a license without payment of re-inspection fees.
- Animal control facilities and shelters: Flat fee of $125/year
- Breeders, breeding facilities and in-state dealers pay according to how many dogs they sell annually:
- 25-49 dogs: $250/year
- 50-99 dogs: $500/year
- 100-249 dogs: $750/year
- 250 or more dogs: $1,000/year
- Out-of-state dealers:
- 25-49 dogs: $370/year
- 50-99 dogs: $750/year
- 100-249 dogs: $1,125/year
- 250 or more dogs: $1,500/year
- Late renewal: Normal fees plus 20 percent
- Operating without a license in the previous year: Normal fees for current license, plus the fee that would have been required the previous year