Animal Contact Exhibit Information
Do I need an Animal Contact Exhibit Permit from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture?
In 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly passed G.S. 106-520.3A, also known as Aedin's Law. This law requires a permit from NCDA&CS for all animal contact exhibits at sanctioned agricultural fairs in NC. Examples of animal contact exhibits include, but are not limited to, petting zoos, pony rides, and milking booths. To obtain a permit, exhibits must meet certain requirements as outlined in the NC Administrative Code.
If you will be displaying animals at a venue other than a sanctioned agricultural fair, you do not need a permit from NCDA&CS.
Click here to see a flow chart to help you determine whether or not you need a permit from NCDA&CS.
Sanctioned Agricultural Fairs in North Carolina
Sanctioned agricultural fairs are inspected and licensed by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. If you have questions about sanctioned agricultural fairs in NC, please contact Kevin Hardison, Agricultural Fair Coordinator with NCDA&CS, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.707.3123.
Permits for animal contact exhibits are issued following receipt of a completed application and satisfactory inspection of the exhibit. To request a permit application, please call 919.707.3300.
Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Transmission Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017
This document, developed by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, provides information regarding the display of animals in public settings and is published online in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
For printable versions of signs required under Aedin's Law as well as sample Do Not Touch signs, please see http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/fairs/fairmanagerinfo.htm#download
Farm Animal Activity Liability
The 2013 Farm Act included a provision to limit liability associated with farm animal activities. For more information, please seeNCGS 99E. The sign specified in NCGS 99E-8 can be found online here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/fairs/fairmanagerinfo.htm#download