Dangerous wild animals; application for permit for noncommercial keeping.

If you want to keep a dangerous animal of a wild species privately, you need a permit from the municipality.



Permission is granted if the applicant

  • proves a legitimate interest,
  • there are no doubts about his reliability and
  • there is no danger to life, health, property or possessions.

Strict standards must be applied to the requirements for the granting of a permit. For example, a mere hobby does not constitute a legitimate interest.

Permission can be made dependent on proof of the existence of special liability insurance.

Special notes

A fine of up to ten thousand euros may be imposed on anyone who intentionally or negligently keeps a dangerous animal of a wild species without the required permit or fails to comply with the conditions attached to the permit.


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