Watertown, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law and Business Law for New York

Q: If I want to start a side job of cutting dogs nails do I need a permit? I am a NYS resident.

2 Lawyer Answers
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in New York

A: Typically dog groomers need permits. Contact the NYS licensing dept. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

  • Montclair, NJ
  • Licensed in New York

A: In NY there is pending legislation that has not yet been signed by the Governor to make pet grooming a regulated activity requiring a license. (see https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2013/a6082/amendment/a) therefore technically it is still okay to be a groomer without a license in NYS, but you still need to check your town and county laws and ordinances to make sure it is okay where you are in particular.

The geniuses in the NYC City Council have already made it a requirement (see https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/description/small-animal-grooming-establishment-permit, and here for the course https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/description/animal-care-and-handling-course)

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