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Hobby Breeder Permits

Who can use this service?

This service is available to all San Luis Obispo County residents.

What is the process?

Step 1: Obtain a Hobby Breeder Permit Application

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

Step 2: Submit Completed Application

Complete the application, listing all animals to be used for breeding on the application (dogs used for breeding must be currently licensed). Submit the completed application 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 3: Cite Check

Once your application has been received, a cite check will be conducted at random between the hours of 9am-4pm Monday through Saturday. If your female has whelped and you have not received an inspection, please contact our permit clerk at (805) 781-4416 to request your inspection be moved up. Once the inspection has been completed and approved, you will receive your permit certificate in the mail.

Step 4: Complete Litter Records Form and Record of Sale

When a female whelps a litter, complete the litter records form and record of sale. If you are selling puppies and the new owner resides in San Luis Obispo County, provide them with a license form at the time of sale. Send the completed litter record form to our permit clerk at the above address or email it to [email protected].

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 [email protected] - please include all necessary information.

Is there a charge for this service?

A standard fee of $120applies to all Hobby Breeder Permit applications. 

When and where is this service offered?

Applications for a Hobby Breeder 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.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Animal Services Shelter

885 Oklahoma Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Tel: (805) 781-4400

Lost and Found Animal Recording: (805) 781-4407