Sale of Small Animals (Pet Shop)

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Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of City

Most establishments that sell small animals, such as pet shops, require a Sale of Small Animals Permit from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

Animal shelters require a Shelter for Homeless Animals Permit from DOHMH. Establishments that sell cats and/or dogs, but do not sell other small animals, do not need a NYC permit but must obtain a Pet Dealer License from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The information on this page is designed to explain the application, regulatory compliance and inspection requirements for operating a facility to sell small animals. This information only encompasses health-related aspects of the regulatory requirements of a facility to sell small animals, and business users should be aware that reading the information attached and below will be necessary to properly understand the various provisions of DOHMH regulations.
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Additional resources


NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)

Office of Veterinary Public Health Services
125 Worth Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013
Fax: (646) 632-6605

For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Pet Shop Permit

Website: http://nyc.gov/health


NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

Health Tribunal
66 John Street, 11th floor
New York, NY 10007

For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: OATH

Website: http://nyc.gov/oath


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