Apply for a zoo permit

If you want to run a zoo, you'll need permission from the conservation authority. In addition to the construction and operation of a zoo, the expansion and significant changes are also subject to approval.

If you want to run a zoo, you'll need permission from the conservation authority. In addition to the construction and operation of a zoo, the expansion and significant changes are also subject to approval. The nature conservation authority issues the permit on application for certain installations and certain operators and sets a maximum number for the animal population of each individual species.

According to the Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNatSchG), zoos are facilities in which animals of wild species are kept for at least seven days a year in order to display them.

Depending on the type of zoo, different documents are required. Information on this can be obtained from the competent authority.

informal letter of application possible: yes

Preconditions

  • Establishment, extension, operation or substantial modification of a facility for the keeping of wild animal species for the purpose of display
  • permanent installation for at least 7 days

The following are not considered a zoo:

  • Circus
  • Pet Shops
  • Enclosures for keeping no more than five native species of shell game
  • Establishments where no more than 20 animals of other wild species are kept
§ 42 Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNatSchG) [DE] [http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bnatschg_2009/__42.html]

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  • § 42 Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNatSchG)

Apply for the zoo permit in writing informally at the competent authority. The responsible body will inform you about the further procedural steps.

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Saxon State Ministry of Energy, Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture

Last update or date of publication
12.10.2020