Sale of Small Animals (Pet Shops)

Did you mean: Pet Dealer License
New Application Fees: $70.00 - $300.00 HOW TO APPLY
Renewal Fees: $70.00 - $300.00 OPERATING & RENEWING
Renewal Cycle: Varies OPERATING & RENEWING


Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of City
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.

Next: Apply

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)
Office of Veterinary Public Health Services
22 Cortlandt Street, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (646) 364-1783
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Pet Shop Permit

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