Commercial Animal Operation Permits

Who can use this service?

All businesses which keep or maintain animals for sale or other commercial purposes such as animal boarding and breeding are required to maintain a Commercial Animal Operation Permit with Animal Services

This requirement does not apply to:

  • Dog trainers (provided they are not boarding animals overnight)
  • Pet groomers
  • Veterinary facilities
  • Agricultural operations other than boarding stables

Is there a charge for this service?

A standard fee of $200 applies to all Commercial Animal Operations Permit applications. 

What is the process?

Step 1: Apply for a Business License

Apply for a business license with the city the business is located in. If the business is located outside of the city limits or in an unincorporated area of the county, you will need to apply for a business license with the County Tax Collector:

County Tax Collector

1055 Monterey St. Rm. D-290,

San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Ph: (805) 781-5830

Step 2: Obtain a Commercial Animal Permit Application

Obtain a commercial animal permit application from animal services which can be downloaded here or picked up at our office location.

Step 3: Submit Completed Application

Submit the completed application form along with payment to our office or mail it to:

San Luis County Animal Services

Attn: Permit Clerk

885 Oklahoma Ave.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Ph: (805) 781-4400

Step 4: Cite Check

Once your permit has been received, a cite check will be conducted at random between the hours of 9am-4pm Monday through Saturday. Once the inspection has been completed and approved, you will receive your permit certificate in the mail.

Step 5: Renew Permit

Permits must be renewed annually and expire on 12/31 of the current year. Renewal forms will be sent out in November of the current year for existing permit holders. If you are planning to renew your permit, the renewal form and payment must be postmarked by 12/31 to avoid a late fee. The late fee schedule is as follows:

Up to 30 days past due = 25% of permit price

31 to 60 days past due = 50% of permit price

61 to 90 days past due = 75% of permit price

Over 90 days past due = 100% of permit price

* If you choose not to renew your permit, please return the renewal form with a brief description of why you are not renewing, or contact the permit clerk at (805) 781-4416 or permits@sloanimalservices.com - please include all necessary information.

When and where is this service offered?

Applications for a Commercial Animal Operation Permit can be obtained by contacting Animal Services during normal business hours. All permits expire at the end of the calendar year and must be renewed annually.

Depending on the type and location of an operation, a municipal or county business license and planning agency approval may also be required.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Animal Services Shelter

Monday - Friday 8-5

885 Oklahoma Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Tel: (805) 781-4400

Animal Licensing: (888) 738-3463

Shelter Update: (805) 781-4407