Livingston County Sheriff's Office
150 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
(517) 546-2440
(517) 545-9627
Emergencies: Call 911
Tip Line:
(517) 546-8477
Business Office Hours:
7 am - 7 pm
7 am - 5 pm
Livingston County Jail
(517) 546-2445
(517) 546-1800
Email: Sheriff's Office


What is a kennel?

Please be aware that there is a difference between a hobby kennel (having many of your own personal dogs) versus a commercial kennel (operating a kennel for commercially boarding, breeding, or training dogs for money.) If you are operating a commercial kennel, you must have a kennel license as required by Michigan State Law. The process of obtaining a kennel license involves initial inspection from Animal Control.

What are the regulations for a dog kennel license?

Check with your local municipality first. They will notify you of their specific ordinances and regulations and determine if you have enough land/property to obtain a kennel license.

Approval process:

  • Receive zoning approval from the municipality where you live.
  • Call Animal Control at 517-546-2440 to schedule an initial inspection.
  • Take proof of your local municipality's approval to operate a kennel AND the inspection form from Animal Control to the Treasurer's Office, which is located in the historic Courthouse in downtown Howell at 200 E. Grand River Avenue.


Initial inspection fee:

  • $100 for 10 dogs or less
  • $150 for 11 dogs or more

Annual license fee:


1 to 10 dogs$25 
11-20 dogs$50
21-30 dogs:$60 


1 to 10 dogs:$15 
11-20 dogs:$30 
21-30 dogs:$45
Over 30 dogs:$60