Animals and Animal Food Licensing

Overview

States have a public interest to protect, control, and maintain healthy animals. Each state has enacted legislation to prevent unnecessary animal cruelty and to control animals in our communities. Many localities have licensing requirements for individual animal owners and for businesses in the animal food or animal breeding industry. LicenseLogix will guide you and your business through the oftentimes-confusing area of government regulation in this industry and ensure that you are properly licensed.

Background

Breeders, pet shops and animal care facilities are all common animal-related businesses that require specific business licenses by states, counties, and cities. The primary goals of these business licenses are to ensure that animals are properly cared for and are treated humanely. State officers inspect facilities regularly as a condition of licensure.

Most states require some type of business license for manufacturers and distributors of commercial feed and pet food. This is usually regulated by the State Department of Agriculture. The state will either require a license for the business that makes the food or registration of the packaging labels. A license is often required for each location where the commercial feed is produced. License fees are between $10.00 and $300 per location, depending on the state and the size of the operation.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

Businesses selling or caring for animals without the proper business license face high fines and may be shut down until they are in compliance. Animal food manufacturers and distributors face similar repercussions.

How we help your business:

  1. Our research team stays up to date with changing requirements and forms.
  2. We can save you time by quickly and reliably filing all business license applications.
  3. Our licensing experts will work with you to determine all potential licenses so that you don’t face the high penalties of non-compliance.

More Resources:

- Association of American Feed Control Officials
- FDA Regulation of Pet Foods


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