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Did you know that in Collier County, if you intentionally or unintentionally cause or allow the breeding or studding of your dog or cat, that you are considered a breeder? To help you determine which type of permit you need, carefully review the definitions of a Hobby Breeder and a Commercial Breeder:

Hobby Breeder: means any person who intentionally or unintentionally causes or allows the breeding or studding of one (1) or more domestic cat(s) or dog(s), producing one (1) to two (2) litters per household or premises per a one-year period, excepting service dog organizations that are members of Assistance Dogs International.

Commercial Breeder: means any person or business required to hold a business tax receipt who engages in the sale or breeding of three (3) or more litters of dogs or cats, per a one-year period or offers one (1) or more domestic cat(s) or dog(s) for breeding or stud purposes, producing three (3) or more litters per year, excepting service dog organizations that are members of Assistance Dogs International. Commercial breeders are subject to agricultural zoning requirements of the Land Development Code.

To register as a Hobby Breeder or Commercial Breeder you will need:

Hobby Breeders:

  • DAS Breeder’s Permit

Commercial Breeders:

  • DAS Breeder's Permit
  • Business tax receipt
  • Proper zoning. You may only produce three or more litters per year on land that is zoned AG and is 20 acres

    or more, or you must get a Conditional Use permit if the land is less than 20 acres.  

    To obtain your DAS Breeder’s Permit, pay your fee and secure the other needed licenses. We will inspect the premises where the animals are kept to assure compliance with Proper Animal Husbandry, Breeder Regulations, and verify all animals in the home have a valid Rabies Vaccination and current County Rabies/License Tag. Once you are permitted, DAS will re-inspect quarterly to ensure continued compliance.  As a breeder, you are also responsible for sending quarterly disposition reports to DAS.

    If the premises where the animals are kept are used primarily for a residence, we will give you 24-hour notice prior to our inspection. However, once noticed, you must allow us access to the premises. No duty to notify exists should animal services receive a complaint alleging a violation of the county ordinance.

    If we find that you are not in compliance with Proper Animal Husbandry, Breeder Regulations, valid Rabies Vaccination or County Rabies/License Tag, we will issue you a Notice to Comply, giving you 1 to 15 days to correct the problem, depending on its severity. We will follow up at the indicated time. If you are not in compliance at that time, you could receive one or more citations of up to $500.Breeder Regulations - Website snippit

    SPAY/NEUTER IS ALWAYS AN OPTION!

  • DAS is proud to partner with many local animal welfare organizations to help you access low-cost or free spay/ neuter. Call 252-7387 for more information.

    Benefits of Spaying (females):

  • No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
  • Less desire to roam
  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/ or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/ dogs/puppies
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

           Benefits of Neutering (males):

  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
  • Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/ dogs/puppies
  • Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

 

DAS is forced to euthanize animals each year that have been abandoned by the community. Don’t let your dog or cat’s puppies or kittens end up in the shelter. Do your part to help Domestic Animal Services with their life saving mission by ending the community problem of pet overpopulation. If you breed, breed responsibly or help save lives by spaying and neutering your dogs and cats.

STILL DETERMINED TO BREED?

Follow this process:

Hobby Breeder

1. Come to DAS, provide photo ID with your completed breeder application, pay the applicable permit fee, and schedule an inspection for your permit.

Commercial Breeder:

  1. Come to DAS, provide photo ID with your completed breeder application, pay the applicable permit fee, and obtain your provisional permit.
  2. Go to the Tax Collector’s Office and apply for a Business Tax Receipt.
  3. The Tax Collector’s Office will send you to Collier County Zoning to verify appropriate zoning.
  4. Return to the Tax Collector’s Office to complete your Business Tax Receipt.
  5. Return to DAS to provide a copy of your Business Tax Receipt, zoning approval, and schedule an inspection for your permit.

Application for Hobby Breeder and Commercial Breeder:

Breeder Application

Additional forms and requirements for Commercial Breeder:

Business Tax Receipt Application

Zoning - Commercial

Zoning - Home Location