Residents wishing to have more than three adult dogs must obtain a Commercial or Recreational Kennel License, or a Shelter License.
Residents seeking a kennel or shelter license must submit an application to the Land Services Office for consideration by the County Board. The County Board will conduct a public hearing regarding the application prior to granting or denying the license. Approved kennel/shelter licenses require an annual renewal fee.
Kennel & Shelter Definitions
A Commercial Kennel is defined as a facility that breeds, boards, and/or trains dogs.
Residents who participate in activities such as sled dog racing, or competitive hunting and tracking, would qualify for a Recreational Kennel License.
Rescue shelters that take in lost or abandoned dogs for reintroduction to a new home would qualify for a Shelter License.
Land Area Per Dog Requirements
Applicants for kennel licenses must abide by the land area per dog requirements that have been set by the American Kennel Club:
Size of Dog
Acre Per Dog
1 1/4 acre
State Licensing Requirements
A license from the State of Minnesota may also be required for Commercial Kennels; check with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health for state licensing requirements.