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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

More information on agricultural fairs in NC can be found on the NC Association of Agricultural Fairs website at or by contacting Kevin Hardison, Agricultural Fair Coordinator with NCDA&CS, at or 919.707.3123.

Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Transmission Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2013

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

If you have questions about animal contact exhibit permits, please call (919) 807-4300.

North Carolina Agricultural Fairs Animal Contact Exhibit

Contact the Emergency Programs Division at (919) 807-4300 to request a permit application.

Farm Animal Activity Liability

The 2013 Farm Act included a provision to limit liability associated with farm animal activities. For more information, please see NCGS 99e. The sign specified in NCGS 99E-8 can be found online here:


NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division, Sharron Stewart, Director
Mailing Address:1035 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 807-4300 Fax: (919) 807-4303

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