Animal Permit

Keeping of Animals Permit

Permit Details

Application Requirements

You must submit the following:

  • Completed Keeping of Animals Permit Application (contact Animal Control to obtain this permit)
  • Written approvals from 75% of owners and/or renters of privately and/or publicly owned real estate within 150 feet
  • If requesting permit for keeping ferrets or four or more cats / dogs, proof of current rabies for each animal vaccination is necessary

Code Requirements

See Chapter 198.02 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information on the keeping of cats or exotic animals.

See Chapter 200.15 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information on the keeping of dogs.

Expiration & Renewal

A Keeping of Animals Permit will expire one year from date of issuance and may be renewed annually.

To renew your permit, submit:

  • Renewal invoice
  • Required fee

An Animal Control Inspector will perform an inspection for approval.

Required Fees

Animal Permit Fees
Description Amount
New annual permit (exotic)* $72.00
Renewal of annual permit $27.00
Keeping of Animals (3 or fewer Chickens) $25.00
Keeping of Animals (3 or fewer Chickens renewal) $15.00
Keeping of Animals (More than 3 Chickens) $72.00


This permit requires inspection approval from Animal Control.

Call us at 651-266-1100 for more information on scheduling an inspection.

Pets Requiring Keeping of the Animals Permit

A permit is required for the following:

  • Badgers
  • Bees
  • Bison
  • Cats - more than 3 at one address
  • Chickens
  • Chinchillas - any not kept as a pet
  • Deer
  • Dogs - more than 3 at one address
  • Ducks
  • Eagles
  • Ferrets
  • Geese
  • Hoofed animals
  • Lizards
  • Miniature pot-bellied pigs
  • Mink
  • Pheasants
  • Pigeons
  • Rabbits - more than one at one address
  • Raptors
  • Snakes
  • Turkeys
  • Weasels
  • Other similar small animals and birds

Prohibited Animals

The City of Saint Paul prohibits the keeping of the following animals:

  • Chimpanzees
  • Monkeys
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Sugar gliders
  • Any large cat or member of the family Felidae (cougars, jaguars, leopards, lions, ocelots, tigers)
  • Any crossbreed or member of the family Canidae (dog/coyote, dog/wolf, coyotes, dingoes, jackals, wolves)
  • Any red-eared turtle with a shell length of less than four inches
  • Any animal or species prohibited by Federal or Minnesota Law (Exotic Animal Law - Primates/Large Cats/Bear)
  • Any exotic animal or species when kept in such numbers or in such a way as to constitute a likelihood of harm to the animals themselves, to human beings, or to the property of human beings, or which constitutes a public or private nuisance