Pet Shops Rule ( New Chapter 5)

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 


Statement of Basis and Purpose



Local Laws 5, 7 and 8 of 2015, as amended by Local Laws 53 and 55 of 2015, added a new Chapter 17 and amended Chapters 3 and 8 of Title 17 of the Administrative Code regarding the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops. The Administrative Code now requires that pet shops selling dogs or cats acquire them only from holders of USDA Class A licenses.  Additionally, pet shops must document and maintain information about the sources, sales, health and breeding histories of the dogs and cats they sell.  The shops must sterilize dogs and cats that are at least eight weeks old and two pounds in weight, and dogs and cats must have microchips implanted before being sold.


Proposed Changes

The Department is proposing to add a new Chapter 5 to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York to implement these recently enacted provisions of the Administrative Code. To implement the recordkeeping and consumer disclosure requirements of the Administrative Code, the proposed rules require pet shops to collect and maintain required information, and to provide it to prospective purchasers as mandated, using only forms provided by the Department. The forms are listed on the checklist below. Requiring standardized forms promotes compliance by assuring that pet shops completing the documents will have collected all of the information required by the Administrative Code, and facilitates Department review and pet owners’ understanding of records.


The Administrative Code directs the Department to set fees that the pet shop may collect for providing prospective purchasers with USDA inspection reports. The proposed rules set nominal copying fees of up to $.25 per page.

To enable the Department to promptly issue dog license tags to people purchasing dogs at pet shops, the proposed rules require that the pet shop submit any dog license application completed in paper copy to the Department within 10 days of the sale. Pet shops enrolled in the Department’s online dog licensing system may avoid this paperwork.

Dogs and cats offered for adoption at pet shops by permitted animal shelters and incorporated not-for-profit animal rescue groups are exempt from these new laws.  To assist enforcement officers in determining when this is the case, the proposed rules require the pet shop to maintain, on site and available for inspection, a copy of the animal shelter’s permit issued by the Commissioner or the rescue group’s proof of not-for-profit status, for as long as these organizations are using the pet shop’s space.

Finally, these provisions do not apply when a cat or dog is sold by a person who breeds and sells fewer than a total of 25 dogs and cats per calendar year directly to where such dogs and cats are born and raised on the breeders residential premises.

The Administrative Code establishes penalties of $500 per violation per day.

Below is a summary of the documents that would satisfy the requirements of the proposed rule. 


Checklist of Required Documents


DOHMH Form Number


Recordkeeping, Subject to Inspection

(Maintain for 5 years unless otherwise noted)

Provide to Purchaser


USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)



201-D-USDA 7001

Form 7001

201-D-USDA 7006

Form 7006



Copy of source’s USDA APHIS inspection reports from last 3 years


NYS Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry



204-D-AGMKT-Form A

Veterinary Health Certificate

Pet shop to keep original


205-D-AGMKT-Form C


206-D-AGMKT-Form E

Information Statement

207-D-AGMKT-Form H

Pedigree (for animal capable of being registered)

(if applicable)

(if applicable)

208-D-AGMKT-Form I

Consumer Rights/NYS Article 35-D


New York City-Only Documents



209-D-VPHS-Purchaser Statement

Purchaser Statement

Maintain statement for 10 years and attachments for 5 years


Microchip usage instructions provided by the manufacturer or registration company


Sterilization Certification

(Record from the veterinarian of sterilization procedure performed on dog or cat)


Receipt log showing sale of dog license (if the pet shop does not use the online dog license system and the dog will live in NYC) 


213-D-VPHS-Source Affidavit

Affidavit from source



Self-inspection of Animal Holding Facilities


203-D-AGMKT-Vet Care Plan

Veterinary Care Plan






Public Hearing

Proposed resolution to add new Chapter 5 (“Pet Shops”) to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York to implement the new requirements set forth in Subchapter 9 of Chapter 3, Chapter 8 and Chapter 17 of Title 17 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.

Public Hearing Date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 2:00pm

Svetlana Burdeynik at (347) 396-6078 or

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3-32
Queens, NY 11101