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 2021.