Saint Paul requires residents to obtain a permit for certain types of animal ownership. Animals include (but are not limited to): rabbits, sheep, goats, pigs and other hoofed animals, ferrets, chickens and other fowl, bees, and more than three dogs or more than three cats.
Residents keeping chickens should apply for a Backyard Chicken Keeping Permit rather than (or in addition to) a Keeping of Animals Permit. To learn more about backyard chicken-keeping requirements and responsibilities, visit this page.
Animals such as roosters, wolf hybrids, and large cats are absolutely prohibited. For full information about what types of animals require a permit and what types of animals are prohibited, call the Animal Control Center at 651-266-1100.
All Keeping of Animal Permits require an application, petition, and payment. Depending on the type(s) of animals you are applying to keep you may also be required to provide proof of anti-rabies vaccination, proof of Saint Paul dog license(s), a site plan, or other types of permits (for example, building or electrical).
Once the application packet is approved Animal Control Officers will inspect the animals' living area(s) to ensure cleanliness and humane care.
Keeping of Animal Permits are renewed annually, and Animal Control re-inspects all permits on an annual basis.
The initial fee for a Keeping of Animals Permit is $76. The annual renewal fee is $28.
Regulations and Applications
For detailed information regarding Keeping of Animals Permits, click here: Rules and Regulations for Keeping of Animals.
For information regarding beekeeping rules, click here: Beekeeping Regulations.
The Keeping of Animals Permit may be printed here: Keeping of Animals Application.
For more information, contact Animal Control at 651-266-1100 or email the DSI Message Center.
What animals are prohibited?
Other animals, such as roosters, wolf hybrids, and large cats are absolutely prohibited. For full information about what types of animals require a permit and what types of animals are prohibited, call the Animal Control Center at (651) 266-1100.