Animal show, animal exhibition, animal exchange; notification or application for a permit

Animal shows, animal exhibitions, animal fairs and other animal events must be notified to or approved by the district administrative authority.


The district administrative authorities are responsible for receiving applications for animal shows, animal exchanges and animal exhibitions. They examine the herds of origin of exhibition animals, issue health certificates and monitor animal shows (species-appropriate housing, expertise, health certificates).

In the case of animal breeding shows, animal evaluation shows and animal sporting events which are organised by recognised breeding organisations in accordance with the animal breeding legislation or by other breeding associations in accordance with comparable criteria, the focus is usually on the aspect of exhibition, competition or performance testing. The sale or exchange of animals is limited to individual animals that have been exhibited, evaluated or used for sporting purposes at the event. If the sale or exchange of animals at animal shows or animal sporting events goes beyond individual cases and these are not events of breeding organisations recognised under animal breeding law, this part of the event may constitute an animal exchange requiring a permit.

Animal exchanges are events at which animals are offered for sale or exchange. They also require a permit under animal protection law from the competent authority (see "Animal protection permits" under "Related topics"). The person responsible requires a certificate of competence. Providers who act commercially are subject to § 11 para. 1 sentence 1 number 3 letter b TierSchG, even if they participate in an animal exchange.

As a rule, you must submit the application for approval of an animal exhibition in person to the competent district administrative authority. This is done either by means of a form provided by the authority or an informal application.

The informal application should include the following items:

  • Details of the organiser and the person responsible
  • Place, time and period of the event
  • Details of the animals and species on show or on offer

The venue to be used for the event will be inspected on site by the relevant veterinary authority. The permit for the animal exhibition (possibly with conditions and restrictions) or, if applicable, the negative decision as well as the fee notice are usually sent by post.


If dogs and cats are exhibited, they must have an effective vaccination against rabies.
Dangerous animals such as poisonous snakes or scorpions are not permitted at animal fairs. Special restrictions apply to species-protected animals.


Animal shows must be notified to the competent authority by the organiser at least four weeks before they begin.


  • The fees range from 20 to 500 euros.

Status: 24.06.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz

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