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Health Department



Commercial Animal Establishments


An establishment wherein any person is engaged in the business of boarding, breeding, buying, letting for hire, training for a fee, or selling dogs, cats, birds, or other animal.  These include pet shop, grooming shop, auction, riding school or stable, zoological park, circus, performing animal exhibition, or kennel.



How to get your commercial animal facility licensed

Step 1:  Complete an Animal Establishment Permit Application and submit that along with the appropriate fees to the La Crosse County Health Department.


Step 2:  Once you have submitted your application and paid your fees, contact us to schedule a pre-licensing inspection.


Step 3:  Once the application is submitted, fees are paid, and pre-licensing inspection is completed, a permit will be issued.  Your license must be approved before you can operate.


If you have any questions, call us at 608-785-9771 or email us at [email protected].



La Crosse County Health Ordinance Chapter 11









Health Department Office Location
2nd Floor, 300 4th St. N.
La Crosse, WI 54601

Main Business Phone: 608-785-9872
Main Fax: 608-785-9846
[email protected]
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Office Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday; some service hours may vary

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