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Minneapolis Animal Care
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Minneapolis, MN 55411

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Animal Permits

Several types of permits are required by Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) including:

Permit Types & Fees

Multiple Animal Permit

Minneapolis residents can have four combined animals--cats, dogs, rabbits, or ferrets--over the age of four months. Cats and dogs are limited to three, combined, per residential building, unit, or property. For example:

Keeping additional animals beyond the allowed amount requires a permit. A multiple animal permit needs to be renewed annually.

Multiple Animal Permit Fees

In order to apply for a multiple animal permit, one must call the shelter, come to the shelter, or email Ann Thelen @ ann.thelen@minneapolismn.gov

Fowl Permit

Minneapolis residents can keep chickens, turkeys, ducks, and pigeons if they meet our education requirements, provide notice to the immediately adjacent property owners, and obtain a permit. A fowl permit needs to be renewed annually. The permits are priced based on the amount of animals kept, as well as an additional charge for roosters.

Keeping more than six fowl or any number of roosters requires the written consent of at least 80% of the occupants of properties within 100 feet of the applicant's property.

Honeybee Permit

Minneapolis residents can keep honeybees if they meet our education requirements, provide notice to the immediately adjacent property owners, and obtain a permit. This permit may be subject to certain conditions specific to the property. Honeybee permits do need to be renewed annually, but only for administrative tracking purposes--the fee is only paid once.

2016 Honey Bee Report

Honeybee Application

Amphibian/Reptile Permit

Minneapolis residents can keep some amphibians and reptiles depending on the species and size of the animal. An amphibian/reptile permit needs to renewed annually.

Amphibian/Reptile Permit Fees

Special Event Permit

Special event permits are required for events held in Minneapolis involving any hoofed animal or an animal that is wild by nature. Examples of such events include but are not limited to: circuses, petting zoos, pony rides, community events, and weddings. There are three classes of permits, and their respective application (pdf) are listed below:

Wild and Exotic Animals Ordinance MCO 63.130 (pdf)

Proof of insurance and a completed questionnaire must be submitted with the application. You may start the process by downloading the Application and Questionnaire for Animal Permit (pdf) For more information, please call 311.

Failure to obtain a permit or failure to comply with permit requirements could result in fines up to $2,000.

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control accepts the following forms of payment: Cash, Check, Money Order and Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.)

Last updated May 11, 2017

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