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Hobby Permits

Guinea pig and rabbit

DC Code § 8-1804 states that:  “No person shall own or keep 5 or more mammals, larger than a guinea pig and over the age of 4 months, without obtaining an animal hobby permit.”

The Animal Disease Prevention Division processes Hobby Permit Applications, and conducts initial and periodic inspections to ensure that individuals possessing 5 (five) or more mammals are complying fully with the law.

Hobby Permits are issued at a cost of $20.00, and expire annually on June 30.
To apply for a hobby permit, request more information, or to file a complaint, call (202) 535-2323.

Contact Phone: 
(877) 672-2174
Contact Fax: 
(202) 727-8471
Contact TTY: 
711
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of


GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20002