Pet Cemetery & Pet Crematorium
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Overview

"Pet cemetery" means any land, place, structure, facility or building provided by any person for a fee, whether or not for profit, to veterinarians or members of the general public for use, or reservation for use, for the permanent interment or inurnment above or below ground of pet remains.

"Pet crematorium" means any land, place, structure, facility or building provided by any person for a fee, whether or not for profit, to veterinarians or members of the general public for the cremation of pets.

It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Pet Cemetery and Pet Crematorium License Law.

Term of licensure is two years
 

laws, rules and regulations

Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and the required fee to the Department of State.
  • Any pet cemetery which buries five or more animals per year:
  1. should consist of at least 5 acres of real property in total area (this requirement is waived for pet cemeteries or pet crematoriums in existence prior to January 14, 1993).
  2. must establish a trust fund for the permanent operation and maintenance of the cemetery in the amount of $12,000 before the acceptance of any monies as annual maintenance fees.
  3. must file a dedication restricting the real property be used only for the operation of a pet cemetery. A certified copy of that dedication must be filed with your application. Filing must include a copy of a survey map and zoning approvals.

Fees

There are fees associated with a Pet Cemetery and Pet Crematorium license. You may pay these fees by check or money order made payable to the Department of State or by MasterCard or Visa using a credit card authorization form. DO NOT SEND CASH. Application fees are nonrefundable. A $20 fee will be charged for any check returned by your bank.

  • $150 - Initial Application
  • $150 - Renewal
  • $60 - Late Renewal Penalty
  • $25 - Duplicate License/Registration Request
  • $10 - Change of Personal Name and/or Address (No fee is required if a name change is the result of a change in marital status)

Renew or Update

Renew Your License

You are eligible to renew your license 90 days prior to your license expiration date. Your license expiration date is printed on the license.

Renewal forms are mailed approximately 90 days prior to the license expiration date. Complete and submit the renewal form to the address on the form.

If you are eligible to renew your license and you have not received a renewal form, email the Division of Licensing Services and request a form. Your email must include your full name, mailing address, license type, unique identification number and expiration date of your license.

Update Your License

To update your personal name, business or residence address download, complete and submit the Change Notice to the address on the form.

To request a duplicate license certificate, complete and submit the Duplicate License/Registration Request to the address on the form.

Change Notice

Duplicate License/Registration Request

Apply

To apply for a Pet Cemetery or Pet Crematorium license, submit a completed application to the NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services.

Additional Forms/Information:

FAQs

Who should apply for a pet cemetery or pet crematorium license?

Anyone who wishes to operate a pet cemetery or pet crematorium.

What other laws may apply to pet cemeteries and pet crematoriums?

The Environmental Conservation Law - Article 27 - Section 27-0701 - Title 7 - Solid Waste Management & Resource Recovery Fund. You may wish to consult with the Department of Environmental Conservation for additional information.

Contact Contact the Division of Licensing Services

Mailing Information:

NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
PO Box 22001
Albany NY 12201-2001


Please note: If you utilize express services or next day ground services such as UPS, Federal Express, DHL, etc. you should use the physical address of the building.

Albany Physical Address
Division of Licensing Services
1 Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12231

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Phone Information:

General Information (518) 474-4429
Security Guard and Armored Car Guard Information (518) 474-7569
 

Call Center Representatives are available from 8:45am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday except on Legal Holidays.

Deaf, hard of hearing and speech-disabled callers, please use 7-1-1

For all other inquiries, email Licensing Services

 

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Visitor & Customer Service Center Information:

Below is a listing of Licensing Customer Service Centers and the hours of operation. All Customer Service Centers are following COVID-19 guidelines and all visitors are asked to abide by these guidelines. Please monitor this page for updates to office hours, guidelines and or any closures.

Albany: This office is open for all services. All visitors are asked to follow COVID guidelines.

NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
1 Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12231
 

Customer Service hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

*Important note about Apostille and Certification of Authentication Services: Apostille and Certification of Authentication documents may be dropped off for processing. Customers may provide prepaid envelopes for priority returns. Priority appointments based on travel plans within two weeks may be scheduled at our Albany or New York City customer service office. For further information, please visit https://dos.ny.gov/apostille-or-certificate-authentication

Parking
Limited on street metered parking is available for 1 Commerce Plaza in Albany. The Office of General Services has various parking lots throughout downtown Albany which have limited visitor parking. To find out more information about the OGS lots, please visit their website.  

New York City: This office is ONLY open to accept Apostille and Certification of Authentication documents and for priority Apostille appointments. The office will remain temporarily closed for all other services. All visitors are asked to follow COVID guidelines.

NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
123 William St. 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10038-3804

Customer Service hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 3:30pm

*Important note about Apostille and Certification of Authentication Services: Apostille and Certification of Authentication documents may be dropped off for processing. Customers may provide prepaid envelopes for priority returns.Priority appointments based on travel plans within two weeks may be scheduled at our Albany or New York City customer service office. For further information, please visit https://dos.ny.gov/apostille-or-certificate-authentication

 

Binghamton: This office is open for all services. All visitors are asked to follow COVID guidelines.

NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
State Office Building 44 Hawley Street, Room 1506
Binghamton, NY 13901-4455
(518) 474-4429

Customer Service hours: Tuesday and Thursday -  9:00am to 3:00pm

 

Buffalo: This office is open for all services. All visitors are asked to follow COVID guidelines.


NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
295 Main Street, 8th Floor, Suite 821
Buffalo, NY 14203
(518) 474-4429



Customer Service hours: Wednesday and Friday -  9:00am to 3:00pm

 

Hauppauge: This office is open for all services. All visitors are asked to follow COVID guidelines.

NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
State Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788-5519
(518) 474-4429

Customer Service hours: Tuesday and Thursday -  9:00am to 3:00pm

Utica: This office is closed until further notice.

NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
State Office Building
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501-2812
(518) 474-4429