Do I Need Permit For a Dog Kennel?

If you’re planning to add chain-link single or multi-run kennels in Florida, you’ll probably need a permit. However, if you choose to purchase kennels from us, we can handle the entire permitting process for you. Just let us know, and we’ll take care of obtaining the necessary approvals from local authorities, ensuring that your kennels comply with all regulations and safety standards. This way, you can avoid any legal hassles and be confident that your kennels are built correctly.

The Key Question: Do I need a Permit for a Dog Kennel in Florida?

Requirements and local building codes vary by location.  You can contact your local county or city building and zoning department to determine what the requirements are that must be met to install a Dog Kenel. It is the responsibility of the land owner or purchaser of the Kennel to verify and obtain any necessary permits prior to the installation of a new Dog House.  Florida Dog Kennels can help you with the permitting process!   

When you need to get a permit for a dog kennel, some of the items you may need usually include:

  • Approved Engineer Signed Prints of the Dog Kennel
  • Site plan of the property drawn to scale with the location of all structures including where the proposed Dog House will be located on the property
  • Permit Application
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How do I get a Dog House Permit?

Getting a permit doesn’t have to feel like navigating a maze blindfolded. Leave the hassle to the pros – Permit Geeks! They’ll tackle all the paperwork and legwork, making the process a breeze for you. With Permit Geeks on your side, getting the green light for your project is as easy as pie.

Can I get my own Kennel permit?


Simplify the permit process by entrusting it to the experts at Permit Geeks. Their comprehensive knowledge and efficiency ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, they’ll equip you with the tools and guidance to tackle it yourself. Embrace the ease of getting things done the geeky way, whether with their assistance or a DIY spirit!

Permit Geeks can handle your Dog Kennel permitting

Save yourself from pulling out your hair while navigating the requirements for your Dog Kennel/Dog House permit. Let the seasoned professionals, who handle these tasks daily, take care of it for you!

  • Save Time
  • Save Money
  • Eliminate Future Problems

Our goal is to make your Dog Kennel purchasing experience simple, easy, and friendly.  

Owner Builder Dog Kennel Permitting

You can choose to get permits one of two ways:

  • As Owner Builder
  • Through a Licensed Contractor

If you prefer, we can handle the permit process for you under our Florida Certified Contractor License. Alternatively, if you’re confident in your abilities and willing to take on the associated responsibility, we can assist you in applying for a permit as an Owner Builder.

Why Do I need a Dog Kennel permit in Florida?

Some might joke that it’s just the government’s way of squeezing more cash out of us. But in reality, it’s all about safety. Living in Florida means dancing with danger thanks to those pesky meteorological antics like hurricanes and tropical thunderstorms. Remember Hurricane Andrew in ’93? It turned southeast Florida upside down! That’s when Florida decided to beef up its building codes. Now, if the wind even thinks about blowing, the building code’s got something to say about it. Since kennels are mostly outdoors and not exactly skyscrapers, dog houses need to be tough enough to handle those gusts without turning into airborne projectiles. So, let’s build dog houses that stay put even when Mother Nature throws her tantrums!

What do Dog Kennel permits cost?

Navigating the wacky world of Dog Kennel permits is like stepping into a price carnival. Some cities offer tickets as cheap as a $25-30, while others feel like they’re charging admission to a doggie amusement park. The cost of this bureaucratic rollercoaster ride? Well, that’s determined by the whims of your municipality’s fee structure.

In some places, they’ll hit you with a standard fee, like a toll booth on the highway to Doggywood, ranging from $15 to $25. But watch out for the ones that base their charges on the size of your kennel. It’s like they’re playing “Guess the Cost” at the county fair, where it’s $10 per $1,000 of kennel goodness. So, if you’ve got a $3,000 kennel in mind, that’ll be around $30 to spin the permit wheel.

To avoid getting caught off guard, it’s wise to consult a sage of kennel permits in your area. Because let’s face it, being prepared is the name of the game when you’re jumping through these bureaucratic hoops.

I have an AG Exemption, Do I need a permit?

It is important to understand that having an Agricultural Exemption is NOT the same as having an Agricultural Zoning.

We have heard many people say they have AG property.  When asked if it is Ag zoning or Ag Exempt, they don’t know the difference.  We then assume that it is not AG Exempt, because getting Ag Exempt can be difficult, and those who have gotten the Ag Exemption KNOW they got it!  Mainly from the hassle, they would go through to get and maintain an Ag Exemption.

You will need to contact your municipality to determine what the requirements are for Ag Emempt property.

Code Enforcement Action

Ah, the perils of sneaking in a Dog Kennel without the proper permit. It’s like trying to throw a surprise party for your pup and ending up with the code enforcement squad crashing the bash! In Florida, most places won’t let you slide without that golden ticket. Get caught with an unpermitted kennel and you’ll find yourself facing fines, penalties, and maybe even a stern talking-to from your Home Owner Association. So, before you embark on any covert construction projects, remember: it’s better to ask for forgiveness than to face the wrath of the HOA!

Insurance Denial

Here’s another wrinkle to ponder when skipping the Dog Kennel permit: insurance. Your homeowners’ policy might give the cold shoulder to any “non-permitted” structures, leaving them out in the insurance cold. That means if you didn’t bother with a permit, not only could the structure be left high and dry, but so could anything inside it. It’s like being stranded without a safety net for your furry friends and their belongings.

So, before you roll the dice on skipping permits, it’s worth having a chat with your insurance agent. After all, you don’t want to be left barking up the wrong tree when it comes to coverage!

Frequently Asked Questions

Our outdoor dog kennels are constructed using high-quality, weather-resistant materials suitable for the Florida climate. They are typically made from durable galvanized steel or heavy-duty aluminum frames with sturdy chain-link panels.

Yes, our outdoor dog kennels are specifically designed to endure Florida’s diverse weather conditions. They are built to resist rust, corrosion, and are capable of withstanding strong winds and intense sun exposure.

Yes, we offer a range of kennel sizes to accommodate various needs. Additionally, we can work with you to provide customized solutions based on your specific requirements and available space.

 Maintaining your outdoor dog kennel is easy. Simply hose it down regularly to remove dirt, debris, and any pet waste. For more thorough cleaning, a mild detergent and water solution can be used. Our kennels are designed to be low-maintenance and long-lasting.

 Yes, we provide professional installation services for our outdoor dog kennels. Our experienced team will ensure that your kennel is set up securely.

We are committed to ensuring that our products meet or exceed local regulations. However, it’s important to check with your local authorities or homeowner’s association for any specific requirements or restrictions that may apply in your area.