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Forms, Permits and Applications

Ventura County Animal Services has created this page to house several of forms and applications.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us at or (805) 388-4341.  Thank you!

Dog Importation:  Health Certificates Section 121720

Universal Citation: CA Health & Safety Code § 121720 (2022)

121720. (a) (1) A person seeking to bring a dog into this state or importing dogs into this state for the purpose of resale or change of ownership shall obtain a health certificate with respect to that dog that has been completed by a licensed veterinarian and is dated within 10 days prior to the date on which the dog is brought into the state.

(2) The person seeking to bring the dog into this state or importing dogs into this state for the purpose of resale or change of ownership shall submit the health certificate to the county health department as provided in subdivision (c). The person shall submit the health certificate to the county health department by any method accepted by the receiving agency, including, but not limited to, electronic transmission and facsimile.

(b) Completion of a United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Form 7001, known as the United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals, shall satisfy the requirement of subdivision (a). A different form of canine health certificate acceptable to the receiving agency shall also satisfy the requirement of subdivision (a).

(c) It shall be the responsibility of persons importing dogs into this state for the purpose of resale or change of ownership to send the health certificate to the county health department where the dog is to be offered for sale or to the county of residence of the individual purchasing or receiving a dog directly from a source outside of California.

(d) The receiving agency may use the information on the health certificate as it deems appropriate.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 498, Sec. 1. (AB 1809) Effective January 1, 2015.)


No person shall own, manage or operate a kennel within the unincorporated areas of the County unless such kennel has first been licensed by the County pursuant to this Article and the license is currently in effect.  (Ordinance 2591)

Ventura County Animal Services’ Department Kennel Standards and guidelines.

  1. All kennels and its facility are to be kept clean, dry, and free from debris.
  2. Kennels must protect against environmental extremes as well as have adequate ventilation and air flow.
  3. Indoor kennels must meet the minimum sizes:
    3ft. wide x 3ft. long x 6ft. high = small to medium dogs
    4ft. wide x 4ft. long x 6ft. high = large dogs
    5ft. wide x 5ft. long x 6ft. high = extra large dogs
  4. Dogs must have a resting surface 6 inches off the kennel floor.
  5. It is recommended that all walls separating kennels be 5 feet.
  6. Kennel flooring should be made of concrete inside and outside. The concrete flooring needs to be grated and sealed. This will allow the water to run off and not create free standing water.
  7. Kennel walls must be made or constructed of non-porous material, to allow for easy and effective disinfection. Kennels are to be kept free of debris or material that interferes with proper sanitation. Kennels need to be kept free of any sharp objects or edges that would cause the animal injury.
  8. Kennels must be well-kept at all times and repairs must be completed ASAP.
  9. Outdoor kennel runs that are attached to any indoor kennel must be at the minimum 4ft. wide x 8ft. long x 6ft. high. When having outdoor only kennel(s), the dog must have a doghouse or an internal housing box that will allow the dog to be protected from environmental extremes. The minimum requirement for an outside only kennel is 5ft. wide x 10ft. long x 6ft. high.
  10. Exercise pens must be at least 10 ft. x 10 ft. or larger. They must have a shaded area for hot weather. All dogs should have at least 1–2 hrs of exercise per day.
    Puppies should be exercised at least twice a day.
  11. If you are going to crate any dogs, they must have enough room to stand, sit, lie down and turn around. When crating puppies the following guideline must apply for length of time allowed in a crate:
    9-10 wks = 30-60 min
    11-14wks = 1-3 hrs
    15-16wks = 3-4 hrs
    17+ wks = 4+ hrs (not to exceed 6 hrs)
  12. It is recommended that pet waste be removed at least twice a day and put into an airtight trash type container.
  13. Kitchens or any area surface where food is kept or prepared must be disinfected daily.
  14. Dog food is to be kept in airtight containers that must be rodent and pest proof.
  15. Dogs need to be fed at the minimum once a day and 2-3 times for puppies. Dogs must have fresh water available at all times.
  16. Food bowls must be removed after the dog(s) is finished eating and any left over’s need to be thrown away. If daily food bowls are not provided and removed, there should be only enough feed for 1 day and should be placed in a bottom feeder.
  17. For disinfection, food bowls are to be soaked in bleach for a minimum of 10 minutes, then washed and air dried. If you have a dishwasher, wash the dishes with dish soap and then put into the dishwasher.
  18. Bedding and blankets must be washed every other day. If the blanket or bedding is soiled it must be removed immediately and a new fresh blanket given to the dog. It is of the utter most importance that you either add bleach or a bleach alternative to the laundry detergent.
  19. Enclosures are to be sanitized daily and disinfected once a week. Any disinfectant that is used must be non-harmful to animals and used within the manufactures guidelines.
  20. Any new dogs as well as dogs that become sick or injured must be isolated from the general population. All sick or injured dogs must see a vet immediately for proper care.
  21. Any and all veterinary records must be available for review at any time during normal business hours.
  22. Every dog must be current on all vaccinations including rabies. Any owned, rescued, or harbored dogs that reside within the county for 30 days on site or longer must follow the state mandated regulation and purchase a Ventura County dog license. 

Breeder Permit Application

Please be sure you have thoroughly and carefully read and understand Ventura County Ordinance 4425 prior to completing this application.  Please note there is a cost associated with each permit for each pet.  A Senior Animal Control Officer will review this application for completeness and accuracy to ensure all of the qualifications as a breeder under Ordinance 4425 have been met.  All required documentation can be sent via EMAIL, FAX or U.S. MAIL to the contact information below.  If you prefer submitting this application via U.S. Mail or FAX, please print this application, complete it, and send to the contact information below.  Smartphone photos of documents are accepted and can be sent to the email address below.  Please do not send original documents if submitting required documents via U.S. Mail.

If you have any questions, please contact Senior Animal Control Officer Alina Hoffman at or (805) 388-4397.



  • American Kennel Club (AKC)
  • American Canine Association Inc. (ACA)
  • American Purebred Registry (APR)
  • Continental Kennel Club (CKC)
  • National Kennel Club (NKC)
  • United Kennel Club (UKC)


  • Cat Fanciers’ Association
  • Cat Fanciers’ Federation

Breeder Permit Application

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