Office of Animal Welfare

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Animal Facility Inspection

In order for municipalities to issue licenses for the operation of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds, the facilities must be inspected by the local health department and found in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and ordinances.  The requirements for sanitary operation of animal facilities are listed in the State rules (N.J.A.C. 8:23A-1.1 through 1.12), which expire in 2014.

  • N.J.A.C. 8:23A-1.1-1.12 - Animal Facility Inspection, Animal Control and Rabies Rules and Regulations [pdf 266k]

  • Certification of Veterinary Supervision (VPH-20) [pdf 41k] [doc 27k]

  • Requirements for Veterinary Supervision

  • Kennels, Pet Shops, Shelters and Pounds Inspection Report (VPH-1) [pdf 29k] [doc 62k]