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Pet Business Program

We regulate pet businesses such as pet shops, pet daycares, pet grooming facilities, mobile pet grooming facilities, animal shelters, poultry retailers and pet food retailers.

Our mission is to protect and enhance the health and well-being of humans and animals through inspections, permits, and educational resources that support our pet businesses in preventing zoonotic diseases.

Permitting survey

Permitting survey

We want your feedback on your permit experience. Please take our brief (less than 5 minutes) Environmental Health Services Survey. The survey is open until July 12 and available in multiple languages – use the language selection box in the upper right corner to choose your preferred language. Your feedback is anonymous and will be used to improve our services.

Screenshot of the cover of the King County Pet Business Guide

Pet business permits in King County: What you need to know

pets Guide for owners and operators of pet-related businesses (21.6 MB)

Before starting a pet business, you'll need to familiarize yourself with local and state regulations regarding permitting, licensing, zoning, sanitation, and animal welfare.

In this guide, you'll find information on getting the proper permits, designing your space, and creating a business plan that supports the health and safety of you, your staff, and the animals.

Pet business permits

Learn how to get a new pet business permit, renew an existing permit, or submit plans for a new pet business in King County.

Types of businesses that need a permit

Learn what businesses need a permit to operate in King County.

Resources for pet businesses

General resources for existing and new businesses.

Permit suspension notices

View permit suspension notices and sign up to receive alerts.