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On Thursday, April 14, the Fauquier County (VA) Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing and consider adopting clarifying amendments to zoning regulations governing small, non-commercial kennels in the county.

Under the current zoning ordinance, a zoning permit is required for any breeding activity. County code further requires a dealer license for breeders who produce more than one litter.  These requirements have been creating confusion, as the county code exempts those who breed one companion animal no more than one time per calendar year.

At a recent Planning Commission hearing, amendments were advanced that seek to clarify the zoning regulations governing small, non-commercial kennels in the county.  Additionally, the text amendments would streamline the process for obtaining the current permits and licenses required for many hobby breeders.  View AKC’s previous alert for more information on these amendments.

Changes to county code regarding kennels are not under consideration at this time.

What You Can Do:

County residents who wish to comment may do so in one of the following ways:

Attend the April 14 public hearing and meeting.  The meeting information is as follows:
Thursday, April 14, 2022
6:30 pm
Warren Green Building, First Floor Meeting Room
10 Hotel Street
Warrenton, Virginia

Seating will be limited and those wishing to speak are encouraged to arrive prior to 6:30. Speaking time is limited to three minutes per person.
Face masks are required for those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

The hearing will also be streamed online for those who wish to watch from home.

Contact the members of the Board of Supervisors prior to the April 14 meeting:

Advance written comments may be sent to:
Fauquier County Board of Supervisors
10 Hotel Street
Warrenton, Virginia 20186

Or, submitted electronically to

Full details on Public Participation can be found here.

AKC Government Relations continues to closely monitor proposals in Virginia that could impact dog owners and breeders.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at