Any establishment that sell animals as pets, such as pet shops, must obtain a permit from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
The type(s) of permit type will depend on the which animals you will sell. Please read the following carefully:
- Pet Shop (Class P) is a basic permit to sell fish or small animals, not including cats or dogs.
- Pet Shop (Class D) is a basic permit to sell cats and/or dogs, not including small animals.
- All pet shops that will sell dogs or cats must have a NYS Pet Dealers License in addition to a NYC Pet Shop Permit.
If you sell both small animals and cats and/or dogs, you will need to apply for both Class P and the Class D permits.
For more information about the laws affecting pet shops in New York City click on the link below.