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Municipality ST Country Legal Permit Fee Shots Req? 10-Day Quar? Updated URL Comments
Fort Rucker AL USA N         3/3/1999    
State of Alabama AL USA Y N     Y 6/3/1998    
State of California CA USA N           www.ferretnews.org CFL is collecting petitions urging the governor's support of the current legislation to lift the ban. See http://www.ferretnews.org to learn how to help.
Broomfield CO USA Y     Y   3/9/2000   Ban lifted when city council learned of rabies vaccine reliability.
Federal Heights CO USA N         7/10/1999    
State of Colorado CO USA Y Y       7/10/1999    
Wheat Ridge CO USA N         7/10/1999    
State of Connecticut CT USA Y         3/29/1998   14-day quarantine for bite cases. Ferrets classed as domestic, treated the same as dogs and cats by the Dept of Agriculture & Health
Washington DC USA N         7/10/1999    
State of Florida FL USA Y       Y 1/11/1998    
Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah GA USA N         3/16/1999    
Robbins Air Force Base GA USA N              
State of Hawaii HI USA N              
Mountain Home Air Force Base ID USA N         7/10/1999    
Great Lakes Naval Base IL USA N         7/10/1999    
Scott Air Force Base IL USA N         2/13/1998    
State of Illinois IL USA Y Y       7/10/1999   Permits are free
Bloomington IN USA Y         7/10/1999    
Evansville IN USA Y Y Y Y   4/20/1998   $3 annual permit per ferret. Address: City of Evansville, Room 300, 1 NW Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN. 47708-1833. Rabies vaccination certificate required.
Monroe County IN USA Y         3/10/2001    
Commonwealth of Kentucky KY USA Y N     Y 3/12/2001   Ferrets no longer require a permit or license in Kentucky. As of April 7, 1998, the governor of Kentucky signed a bill exempting ferrets from any kind of licensing.
Jefferson County KY USA Y Y Y     5/21/1998   $75 annual fee per ferret
Lexington KY USA Y         7/10/1999   License for breeders only
Louisville KY USA Y Y Y     9/19/1997   As of 1998, $25 fee to transport ferrets from seller; $75 annual fee to Fish and Wildlife Services for home inspection; 75 annual permit. Covers all ferrets; breeding illegal.
Louisville KY USA Y N       2/6/2001   Illegal to sell in pet stores
Newport KY USA N         7/10/1999    
Commonwealth of Massachusetts MA USA Y       Y 7/10/1999    
Lynn MA USA N         3/1/2001 www.maferrets.org Ferret owners subject to fines as much as $1,000 a day.
Fort Meade MD USA N         12/13/1997    
Ocean City MD USA N         7/10/1999    
State of Maine ME USA Y N       1/23/2001    
Detroit MI USA N         7/14/2000   Unconfirmed report of an unenforced law on the books.
Kalamazoo MI USA N         8/3/1997    
State of Michigan MI USA Y       N 7/10/1999    
Bloomington MN USA ?         7/10/1999    
Burnsville MN USA Y Y Y     7/22/2000   Unconfirmed report that they are legal with $10 annual fee
Golden Valley MN USA N         7/10/1999    
Hopkins MN USA N         7/10/1999    
Minneapolis MN USA N         10/10/1998   Illegal to sell, but conflicting reports on legality of owning
Richfield MN USA N         7/10/1999   Uncofirmed report that they are now legal.
Robbinsdale MN USA ?         7/10/1999    
St. Paul MN USA Y Y       7/10/1999    
Boone County MO USA ?         3/26/2001   Conflicting information about legal status in county
Columbia MO USA ? Y       3/12/1999   Ferrets previously considered dangerous exotics. Conflicting information about legal status in city limits.
Sedalia MO USA N         7/25/2000   Ferrets classified with "dangerous, wild and exotics" by city ordinance.
Columbus Air Force Base MS USA Y         1/12/1999   Unconfirmed report
Keesler Air Force Base MS USA N         10/7/1998    
Gaston County NC USA N         12/4/2000    
Grand Forks Air Force Base ND USA N         12/26/1998    
State of New Hampshire NH USA Y       Y 7/10/1999   All shelters require license and inspection. $50 annual fee. Unannounced inspection 2X annually.
State of New Jersey NJ USA Y Y     Y 7/10/1999    
Cannon Air Force Base NM USA N         7/10/1999    
Carson City NV USA Y Y       12/15/1997   $25.00 annual registration fee. City reserves right to inspect the habitat.
Clark County NV USA Y Y Y     4/30/2001   $4 fee
Las Vegas NV USA Y Y Y         Unconfirmed $100 fee
New York City NY USA N         5/10/2001 members.aol.com/NYCFerrets City Council voted to lift ban on 5/9/01, but there not enough votes to override mayoral veto. See http://members.aol.com/NYCFerrets to learn how to contact mayor to urge support.
State of New York NY USA Y N       1/28/1998   License requirement lifted, retroactive to 4/1/97
Butler County OH USA N         7/10/1999    
Columbus OH USA Y     Y   1/28/1998    
Elyria OH USA Y         1/31/1998    
Franklin County OH USA Y     Y   1/28/1998    
Montgomery County OH USA N         9/12/1997    
Sharonville OH USA N         7/10/1999    
Warren County OH USA N         7/10/1999    
Owasso OK USA Y         7/10/1999    
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City OK USA N         7/31/2000    
Tulsa OK USA Y         9/5/1997    
Toronto ON Canada Y         2/4/2042   Now legal throughout Toronto. "According to Public Health City By-Laws dated March 22 1999, in Part 2 Section 2.5, ferrets are listed as a Class 4 animal" and thus legal. Limit of 6 in any combination with dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits.
Allentown PA USA N         6/29/1997    
Bethlehem PA USA N         6/29/1997    
Erie PA USA N         8/8/1998   Enforced when complaint is filed.
Hazle Township PA USA Y         1/21/1998    
Hazleton PA USA N         7/10/1999    
New Castle PA USA Y         2/9/1998    
West Hazleton PA USA Y         1/21/1998    
Puerto Rico PR USA N         7/10/1999   Apparently were banned in approximately 1985.
State of Rhode Island RI USA Y Y   Y   7/10/1999    
Charleston Air Force Base SC USA N         7/24/2000    
Shaw Air Force Base SC USA N         7/10/1999    
State of South Carolina SC USA Y       Y 12/29/2000 www.state.sc.us/dhec/hsgsrab.htm Legal to sell as of 12/2000, and recognizes '98 Rabies Compendium recommendation.
State of Tennessee TN USA Y         4/4/1998    
Addison TX USA N         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets defined as wild animals and banned under city ordinance.
Allen TX USA N         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets banned specifically under city ordinance.
Arlington TX USA Y     N   12/30/1997 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets specifically excluded from the prohibited animal definition. Limit of 3 per household unless they are under 6 months of age.
Balch Springs TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Beaumont TX USA Y         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Animal Control used interpreted "wild animal" to restrict them; successfully challenged in court in 1999. City council declined to make ferrets specifically legal, saying court decision makes them so by default.
Bedford TX USA Y     N   5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets no longer specifically listed as excluded in city ordinance.
Carrollton TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml As of 2001, director of animal control acknowledges that nothing in city code prohibits ferrets and says they are therefore legal.
Cedar Hill TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Cleburne TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Colleyville TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Colony, The TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Coppell TX USA N         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets banned specifically under city ordinance.
Corsicana TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Dallas TX USA N         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets banned specifically under city ordinance.
Denton TX USA Y Y Y Y   5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Limit of 3 cats, dogs and/or ferrets in a household without a special permit, approx. $20. Home inspection may be required for variance.
Euless TX USA N         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml  
Farmers Branch TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Forest Hill TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Fort Hood TX USA N         7/10/1999   Ferrets banned specifically under city ordinance.
Fort Worth TX USA Y Y Y Y   5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Code requires rabies vaccination, registration, and wearing of tag. $7 fee for neutered animals and $12 for whole, no limit on number of ferrets owned.
Friendswood TX USA N         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets defined as wild animals and banned under city ordinance.
Garland TX USA Y Y Y Y Y 5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml $25 per year per household permit. Vaccination, collar with owner ID info and leashes required. Mandatory neutering over 6 months of age. No limit on number. Home inspection may be required.
Grand Prairie TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Grapevine TX USA N         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets defined as wild animals and banned under city ordinance.
Houston TX USA N         6/12/1999   Unconfirmed report of a ban going into effect in 1999.
Irving TX USA Y Y Y Y   5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Animal Control in the past stated that a prohibited animal permit was required, $50/year with $10/year renewal. However code specifically states "Ferrets are not prohibited animals." Limit of 4.
Keller TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Kennedale TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Kileen TX USA N         7/10/1999    
Lake Dallas TX USA Y Y Y     5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ordinance specifically includes ferrets in the definition of "prohibited animal" but it is possible to obtain a prohibited animal permit with a home inspection and annual $25 fee.
Lewisville TX USA Y Y   Y   5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets specifically excluded from the prohibited animal list. Vaccination, registration and wearing of tag required. Limit of 6 ferrets per household.
Lubbock TX USA Y         3/3/2000    
McKinney TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Mesquite TX USA N         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets defined as wild animals and banned under city ordinance.
North Richland Hills TX USA Y Y Y     5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets allowed under permit but requirements are extremely restrictive, including $100,000 liability insurance, home inspection, attendance of city-approved animal care course, health certificate, etc. In bite cases, ferrets will be euthanized. $50 annual fee. 
Paris TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Plano TX USA Y Y   Y   5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets specifically excluded from prohibited animal list. Rabies vaccination, registration permit, and tag wearing are required. Neutering required. 30-day quarantine in bite cases, and bite victim may request euthanization rather than quarantine.
Richardson TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Rowlett TX USA N         7/10/1999    
Saginaw TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
San Angelo TX USA Y Y   Y   2/7/1998   Annual shots and tag required for unconfirmed fee of $10-$15.
San Antonio TX USA Y Y   Y Y 7/10/1999    
Sherman TX USA Y     Y   5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets specifically defined as a pet animal. Vaccination and wearing of tag required.
Southlake TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Waco TX USA Y         5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Ferrets specifically excluded from prohibited animal list.
Watauga TX USA           5/10/2001 www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Davis County UT USA Y         2/19/1998   Legal to sell but not own
Salt Lake City County UT USA Y         7/10/1999    
Taylorsville UT USA Y         3/16/1998    
Tooele UT USA N         10/16/1997    
Fort Eustis VA USA N         5/2/1998    
  VA USA Y       Y 1/11/1998    
Fort Lewis WA USA N         9/24/2000    
State of Washington WA USA Y         9/26/1998   Unconfirmed limit of 4
Oshkosh WI USA N         11/24/2000   Ferrets are classified as wild animals by city ordinance, and are prohibited from being owned, kept or sold.
  WI USA Y       Y 1/11/1998    
  WY USA Y       Y 1/11/1998    
Germany   Germany Y         3/8/2001   A ferret owner was able to ship 3 ferrets from the U.S. to Germany via Frankfurt International Airport Veterinary Facility on Lufthansa Airlines, which apparently was very expensive but doable in 1999.
Hungary   Hungary Y         4/29/1999    
Italy   Italy ?         1/24/1998   Legal status unknown but have heard from at least one Italian who owns ferrets.
Japan   Japan Y     Y   1/17/1999   Japan is very ferret friendly so long as you have some kind of official health certificate and proof of shots. No quarantine required.
Johannesburg   South Africa N         4/10/1998    
Kadena Air Force Base   Japan Y         1/17/1999    
New South Wales   Australia Y N       3/26/2001    
Okinawa   Japan Y         1/17/1999    
Peru   Peru Y         3/17/1999   Legal status unconfirmed but have heard from a Peruvian who owns one.
Philippines   Philippines ?         10/7/1998   "When we tried to ship our ferret overseas with us in late '86 to the Philippines, we were told in '87 by the base vet that according to government regulation, ferrets are considered wild animals."
Queensland   Australia N         6/29/1997    
Singapore   Singapore Y         10/1/2000   Legal specifics unconfirmed
United Kingdom   UK Y         6/10/1999    
Venezuela   Venezuela Y         8/7/2000   Legal specifics unconfirmed

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