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Apply for a permit for a zoo


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.

  • 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

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

Procedural fee (depending on effort)

Application/approval: before commencing the activities described

depending on the size and equipment of the facility to be approved

lower nature conservation authority at the district office, in district-free cities at the city administration

informal letter of application possible: yes

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

§ 42 Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNatSchG) [DE] [https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bnatschg_2009/__42.html]

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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Landkreis Harz - Sachgebiet Untere Naturschutz- & untere Forstbehörde
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 42
38820 Halberstadt, Stadt
03941 5970-5728
03941 5970-5767
Monday:08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Further Authorities
Landesverwaltungsamt Sachsen-Anhalt - Naturschutz, Landschaftspflege, Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung
Post Office Box 200256
06003 Halle (Saale), Stadt
0345 514-2600
0345 514-2118