Pet shops are establishments primarily engaged in retailing pets, pet foods, and pet supplies. These businesses may require specific business licenses by states, counties, and cities.
The primary goals of these licenses are to ensure that animals are properly cared for and are treated humanely. Regulations may impose limits on the number of pets or the types of
animals a shop can sell. State officers may inspect facilities regularly as a condition of licensure. Annual license fees range from $10 to $400.
Pet shops must be diligent about holding all of the proper city, county, and state licenses. Businesses selling or caring for animals without the proper business license face
high fines and may be shut down until they are in compliance.