Federal Auction Laws

There are few federal laws regulating auctions in the United States. States have differing requirements on licensing, education, bonding, fees and other aspects of conducting an auction. The Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.) was the original basis for auction laws in all states, except Louisiana which only enacted part of the Code.

For information on wha the UCC says on Auctions see U.C.C. § 2-328. Sale by Auction.  Each State has adopted a version of the code, except possibly Louisiana.

But Federal Laws do exist regarding the sale of certain things at auction such as animals and Federal Regulations do exist.  Some States also have laws dealing with animals and other things like used bedding and stuffed toys.

For Example:

Based on the Animal Welfare Act and its corresponding regulations, all persons operating an exotic animal auction must obtain a license. The auction operator is responsible for compliance with all regulations and standards, including transportation standards, once the animals are accepted by the auction, as well as sanitation, cleaning, and general health and well-being of the animals. (7 U.S.C. Section 2131 et seq.; 9 CFR §2.1 et seq.; Policy #5 - Exotic Animal Auctions under the Animal Welfare Act)



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