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Hobby Permits

Guinea pig and rabbit

DC Code § 8-1804.01 states that:  “No person shall own or keep 7 or more animals, larger than a guinea pig and over the age of 4 months, without obtaining an animal hobby permit.”

The Animal Services Program processes Hobby Permit Applications, and conducts initial and periodic inspections to ensure that individuals possessing 7 (seven) or more animals are complying fully with the law.

Hobby Permits are issued at a cost of $25.00, and expire annually.
To apply for a hobby permit, request more information, or to file a complaint, call (202) 535-2323.

DC Hobby Permit Application via Animal Services Online Portal

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

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE