License a Kennel or Animal Business
The information on this page applies to homes and businesses in unincorporated Snohomish County (outside city limits). Find out if your address is in our service area.
A Snohomish County kennel or animal business license is required whenever four or more dogs are owned, kept, or maintained on the premises of any person.
If your household has four to ten dogs, Snohomish County considers your home to be a Private Kennel. Private Kennel owners must have an annual kennel license and pet licenses for each dog.
Private Kennels must have a fenced area appropriate for the breed and number of dogs, provide suitable shelter, and are subject to periodic inspections by Animal Services.
Apply for a Private Kennel License
1. Make sure you live in unincorporated Snohomish County
Our jurisdiction covers the parts of Snohomish County that are outside city and town limits. If you live within city limits, check local kennel requirements with your municipal animal services agency.
Check your address in our map tool to see if you live in our service area.
2. Gather proof of microchips or spay/neuter
Pets who have a microchip and/or have been spayed or neutered get a discount!
Proof of microchip includes: a letter or email from your vet, a microchip certificate, or vet bill or adoption paperwork with your pet’s name and microchip number.
Proof of spay/neuter includes: a letter or email from your vet, adoption paperwork stating your pet was spayed or neutered, or other vet documentation indicating your pet has been altered.
3. Complete a private kennel license application
Snohomish County Auditor
Animal Services Division
3000 Rockefeller Ave. M/S 306
Everett, WA 98201-4046
Payment methods accepted: Personal check, cashier’s check, money order
Payment methods accepted: Credit card
Snohomish County issues the following animal business and commercial kennel licenses:
- Animal Shelter: A facility that accepts from the public impounded, stray, homeless, abandoned, or unwanted animals for temporary housing for a period of time not to exceed six months.
- Commercial Kennel - Boarding: A place where more than one animal is kept by contractual arrangement with the owner, whether for compensation or not, for any purpose other than medical treatment, breeding, or permanent disposal.
- Commercial Kennel - Non-boarding: A place where the owner or occupant of the property keeps at least four and not more than 25 total dogs, including puppies.
- Grooming Parlor: Any establishment, public or private, where animals are bathed, clipped, or combed for compensation.
- Pet Shop: Any person or establishment that acquires, holds, or offers animals not bred and whelped from the facility for the purpose of sale or resale to the public.
- Combination: Commercial kennel with grooming parlor.
To obtain a license, you must submit the following information:
- A completed Snohomish County Kennel / Animal Business License Application (PDF)
- A drawing of the property including the lot dimensions, the size and location of the kennel runs and/or animal housing in relation to building and property line(s) including setbacks, street names, and cross streets
- Legal description of the property including property tax account number
- The correct fee
- Corporations must submit the name, home address, and telephone number of each of its officers, directors, and shareholders and the number of shares held by each if there are fewer than 10 shareholders
Commercial boarding kennel and animal shelter license applicants must also submit proof of general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 as required by SCC 6.01.190. The policy must show Snohomish County as the certificate holder.