Wisconsin Statutes and DATCP rules require that any person operating an animal market have an annual animal market license from the department. A separate license is required for each animal market location. An animal market is any premises that are open to the public for the purpose of buying or selling livestock or wild animals and that have facilities to keep, feed and water livestock or wild animals prior to sale. Some exceptions apply.
This license may be obtained by submitting a completed application and appropriate fees to DATCP.
A Class A animal market license is required for markets conducting livestock and wild animal sales or auctions on any number of days during the license year. The market also must be inspected by DATCP before the license may be issued if the market was not licensed during the preceding license year.
An annual animal market license expires on June 30 and is not transferable. The non-refundable annual fee for a Class A animal market license is $420.
- Markets with livestock only (no wild animals), conducting four or fewer auction days per license year (unlimited sales days) need to apply for a Class B license.
- Equine markets need to apply for a Class E license.
An applicant must also submit an annual registration application for each animal transport vehicle that the person operates. The non-refundable annual fee is $20 for each vehicle registration. Two registration stickers will be provided, one for each side of the transport vehicle.
Vehicles only need to be registered once annually. If you have already registered the vehicles on another license, you do not need to register them again.
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If you have any questions, contact the Division of Animal Health at 608-224-4889
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