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Boarding Kennels


A facility or establishment which regularly offers to the public the service of boarding dogs or cats or both for a fee. Such a facility or establishment may, in addition to providing shelter, food and water, offer grooming or other services for dogs and/or cats.


No person shall operate a public auction or a boarding kennel unless a license to operate such establishment shall have been granted by the Director of Field Forces, Veterinary Division. Application for such license shall be made in the manner provided by the Director. The license period shall be the fiscal year, July 1 - June 30.


Applications require that you complete and return forms below.

Animal Welfare Application and PVC

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The license fee shall be seventy five dollars ($75.00) for each license period or part thereof beginning with the first day of the fiscal year.


Animal Welfare Section
Office: (919) 715-7111

Kennel Wastewater Disposal

Kennel wastewater has been classified as an Industrial Process Wastewater and must be disposed to an Department of Environment and Natural Resources approved wastewater system. Typical approved wastewater systems are septic systems with drainfields, and land surface application systems.

To receive permits to install and operate a kennel using a septic system contact your local health department, Environmental Health Section. Your local health department has state-approved design criteria specifically addressing the special waste issues of kennels. A directory of local health department staff can be downloaded in pdf format at the following website:

To receive permits to install wastewater treatment and disposal systems other than septic systems contact your regional office of the Division of Water Quality. A listing for the regional offices is available at the following website:



NCDA&CS Veterinary Division, Dr. R. Douglas Meckes - State Veterinarian
Mailing Address:1030 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1030
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone:919-707-3250; FAX: (919) 733-2277