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Notification about large-scale keeping of animals or farming

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

When keeping pet and hobby animals professionally or in other large-scale manner, the Regional State Administrative Agency must be notified in writing. Professional or other large-scale keeping of animals includes

  • having dogs, cats or other pet and hobby animals for sale or provision (such as pet shops or regular selling of animals in another way, animal importers)
  • breeding dogs or cats, when keeping at least six brood bitches that have whelped at least once (such as breeding kennels)
  • taking at least six over five-month-old dogs or cats for care, keeping or training (such as boarding kennels and catteries)
  • breeding, leasing or taking trotter and saddle horses for keeping, caring or training as well as providing lessons in using and handling the above-mentioned animals
  • other professional or large-scale keeping of pet and hobby animals (such as large-scale breeding of rabbits, rodents or reptiles).

When farming wild mammals or birds, or their progeny which are born in captivity, for the production of meat or eggs, the Regional State Administrative Agency must be notified in writing. The following wild species of mammals and birds can be farmed:

  • white-tailed deer, fallow deer, Finnish forest reindeer, roe deer, mountain hare, brown hare, moufflong and wild boar
  • pheasant, mallard, partridge, capercaillie, black grouse, ptarmigan, taiga bean goose, greylag goose and Canada goose
  • sika deer, red deer, water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), American bison (Bison bison), ostrich, emu, common rhea and coypu.

When farming wild mammals or birds, or their progeny which are born in captivity, for the purpose of restoring them to the nature (game management farms), the Regional State Administrative Agency must be notified in writing.

Do the following

If you are planning on initiating professional or other large-scale keeping of pet or hobby animals, establishing a production farm of meat, eggs or breeding animals or a game management farm, follow these steps:

1. Find out what requirements are set for the keeping of different animal species in animal welfare regulations. If necessary, contact your municipal veterinarian.

2. Fill out the form “Notification about keeping or provision of animals”.

3. Submit the form to the registry of the Regional State Administrative Agency in whose area the operation is practised.

4. Be prepared to have your operation inspected by the local animal welfare authority.

5. Keep up-to-date records on the animals that are used in the operation.

To whom and on what terms

All operations for keeping of animals must comply with the Animal Welfare Act and all regulations issued under it. An up-to-date list must be kept of the used species and animals.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byRegional State Administrative Agency
Responsible for the serviceRegional State Administrative Agency
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Regional State Administrative Agency
Updated: 9/19/2019