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Posted by Brian Conley on March 07, 2002 at 07:14:23:
In Reply to: FLORIDA REPTILE BREEDERS - PLEASE HELP! posted by Karen on March 06, 2002 at 12:53:26:
: FLORIDA REPTILE BREEDERS - PLEASE HELP! The tax collectors office told me before I could get a sales tax ID or fictitious name for selling my leopard geckos, I would need to check with the zoning office (Hernando County) about having this type of business in my home. I got a message on my answering machine this morning from the zoning office. She stated that I could not breed and sell them unless I live on agricultural land. Is this true?
Probably, each county has it's own rules. Ag zoning is usually required to run a breeding operation. Now that being said, how many leopard geckos are we talking about here? Unless you plan on making your living off these geckos (which I doubt if you're doing this from home) get the permit from Fish and Wildlife and sell them. If you truely plan on this being a business like at a flea market or something use that address.
Another angle you could try is to skip using the word breeding, just tell the tax collector you travel around the state to sell reptiles and your home address is just for mail purposes. Brian