Pet Dealer Permit

Act 30, passed during the 2013 legislative session, amended the Pet Merchant licensing program that was historically managed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM). 

Act 30 mandates that all qualified hobby pet breeders obtain a Pet Dealer permit from their town of residence.  Act 30 defines a “Pet Dealer” as any person who sells or exchanges, or who offers to sell or exchange, cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids, or any combination thereof, from three or more litters from cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids in any 12-month period.  Pet Dealers must apply to the municipal clerk of the town or city in which the cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids are kept for a Pet Dealer permit, and the annual permit fee is $25.00.

Useful Links

Dog/cat excerpt from Animal Welfare Regulations (for use by town clerks)
Animal Licensing Information Document
Letter to Town Clerks Regarding Pet Dealer Permit Requirements
Vermont League of Cities and Towns - Book of Woof