Animal stock declaration and declaration obligation for specially protected species in domestic animal husbandry Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Any person keeping vertebrate animals of the specially protected species must notify the competent authority in writing immediately after the start of the keeping of the animals and, after the stock declaration, immediately after the arrival and departure of the animals and the identification of animals.

Vertebrates are living creatures which have a skeleton with a vertebral column. Vertebrates include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
Conversely, there are no vertebrates: Molluscs (e.g. mussels, snails), annelids (e.g. leeches), cnidarians (e.g. jellyfish), protozoa (amoebae) and insects.

The obligation to register concerns all non-commercial keepers of specially protected vertebrates and applies both to the owner of the animal (who registers the animal) and to the owner of the animal (who registers the animal). Exceptions exist for certain species, which are listed under "Publications".

  • completed application form


Vertebrates of the specially protected species may only be kept if they are not subject to any prohibition of possession and the keeper

  • has the necessary reliability and sufficient knowledge of the keeping and care of the animals, and
  • has the necessary facilities to ensure that the animals cannot escape and that the holding complies with animal welfare legislation.


The pet trade is not subject to the reporting obligation. Anyone who commercially acquires, processes or markets animals or plants of the specially protected species must keep a register of admissions and deliveries with daily entries.

Anyone keeping animals of dangerous species (poisonous snakes, poisonous spiders, giant snakes, etc.) in Bremen must apply for a permit to keep dangerous animals at the Bremen public order office.

  • Verordnung zum Schutz wild lebender Tier- und Pflanzenarten (Bundesartenschutzverordnung - BArtSchV) ยง 7 Haltung von Wirbeltieren
  • Bundesartenschutzgesetz Anlage 5

The notification must contain information on the number, species, age, sex, origin, whereabouts, location, intended use and identification of the animals. The notification form to be found under "Form/Online Services" should be sent to:

The Senator for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing
An der Reeperbahn 2
28217 Bremen

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