(a) Except as provided by Subsection (e), the department must inspect a facility before
a license is issued for the facility.
(b) The department may not issue a license to a dog or cat breeder until the department
receives a prelicense inspection report from the inspector in a format approved by
the department certifying that the facility meets the requirements of this chapter
and rules adopted under this chapter.
(c) Before the prelicense inspection may be conducted, each applicant must pay to
the department the required inspection fee to be used to pay third-party inspectors
and the reasonable expenses of the department related to its licensing and inspection
duties under this chapter.
(d) An applicant whose facility does not meet the requirements of this chapter and
rules adopted under this chapter as revealed by a prelicense inspection may, after
correcting deficiencies noted in the inspection report, request another prelicense
inspection by paying the required fee to the department.
(e) The department may not require a prelicense inspection of a facility for an applicant
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