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 need a NYC permit and also must obtain a Pet Dealer License from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The information on these pages 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.

If your pet shop sells dogs or cats, there are additional operating requirements that apply to you effective April 1, 2016. Read the notice below for information about these new requirements.

Notice about New Laws Affecting NYC Pet Shops Taking Effect April 1, 2016 (PDF) Other languages: [Español] [中文] [Русский] 

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NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)
Office of Veterinary Public Health Services
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (646) 364-1783
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Pet Shop Permit

NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings
Hearings Division
66 John Street, 11th floor
New York, NY 10038
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: OATH

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