Several types of permits are required by Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) including:
- Multiple Animal - Permit required to have more than four combined cats, dogs, rabbits, or ferrets over the age of four months
- Fowl - Permit required to keep pigeons, ducks, chickens, turkeys
- Honeybee - Permit required for keeping honeybees
- Amphibian/Reptile - Permit required for keeping certain kinds of reptiles and amphibians
- Special Event - Permit required for events involving any hoofed or wild animal
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:
- Two cats and two dogs
- Three dogs and one cat
- Three cats and one dog
Keeping additional animals beyond the allowed amount requires a permit. A multiple animal permit needs to be renewed annually.
Multiple Animal Permit Fees
- Application Fee - $75
- Annual Renewal Fee - $50
In order to apply for a multiple animal permit, one must call the shelter, come to the shelter, or email Ann Thelen @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 1 to 6 - $25
- 7 to 15 - $50
- 16 to 30 - $75
- Rooster Special Permit - $100
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.
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.
- Honeybees - $100
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.
- All poisonous, toxic, or venomous amphibians and reptiles are prohibited across the city
- Crocodiles, gharials, caimens, alligators, tuatara, and turtles with a shell smaller than four inches are prohibited across the city
- Nonpoisonous and non-toxic species of amphibians, non-venomous snakes less than four feet, non-venomous and non-toxic lizards under three feet, and turtles with a shell between four and ten inches do not require a permit
- Non-venomous snakes greater than four feet, non-venomous and non-toxic lizards greater than three feet, and turtles with shells over ten inches require a permit
Amphibian/Reptile Permit Fees
- Amphibian/Reptile Permit - $75
- Annual Renewal Fee - $50
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:
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