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Municipality	State	Country	Legal	Permit	Fee	Shots?	10-Day 	Updated	URL			Comments
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Fort Rucker	AL	USA	N					3/3/99
Alabama		AL	USA	Y	N			Y	6/3/98
California	CA	USA	N					5/11/01	www.ferretnews.org		CFL is collecting petitions urging the governor's support of the current legislation to lift the ban. See www.ferretnews.org to learn how to help.
Broomfield	CO	USA	Y			Y		3/9/00				Ban lifted when city council learned of rabies vaccine reliability.
Federal Heights	CO	USA	N					7/10/99
Colorado		CO	USA	Y	Y				7/10/99
Wheat Ridge	CO	USA	N					7/10/99
Connecticut	CT	USA	Y					3/29/98				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					7/10/99
Florida		FL	USA	Y				Y	1/11/98
Hunter Army Airfield
  Savannah	GA	USA	N					3/16/99
Robbins Air
  Force Base	GA	USA	N
Hawaii		HI	USA	N
Mountain Home Air
  Force Base	ID	USA	N					7/10/99
Great Lakes
  Naval Base	IL	USA	N					7/10/99
Scott Air
  Force Base	IL	USA	N					2/13/98
Illinois		IL	USA	Y	Y				7/10/99				Permits are free
Bloomington	IN	USA	Y					7/10/99
Evansville	IN	USA	Y	Y	Y	Y		4/20/98				$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					3/10/01
Kentucky		KY	USA	Y		N		Y					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			5/21/98				$75 annual fee per ferret
Lexington		KY	USA	Y					7/10/99				License for breeders only
Louisville	KY	USA	Y	Y	Y			9/19/97				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				2/6/01				Illegal to sell in pet stores
Newport		KY	USA	N					7/10/99
Massachusetts	MA	USA	Y				Y	7/10/99
Lynn		MA	USA	N					3/1/01	www.maferrets.org		Ferret owners subject to fines as much as $1,000 a day.
Fort Meade	MD	USA	N					12/13/97
Ocean City	MD	USA	N					7/10/99
Maine		ME	USA	Y	N				1/23/01
Detroit		MI	USA	N					7/14/00				Unconfirmed report of an unenforced law on the books.
Kalamazoo		MI	USA	N					8/3/97
Michigan		MI	USA	Y				N	7/10/99
Bloomington	MN	USA	?					7/10/99
Burnsville	MN	USA	Y	Y	Y			7/22/00				Unconfirmed report that they are legal with $10 annual fee
Golden Valley	MN	USA	N					7/10/99
Hopkins		MN	USA	N					7/10/99
Minneapolis	MN	USA	N					10/10/98				Illegal to sell, but conflicting reports on legality of owning
Richfield		MN	USA	N					7/10/99				Unconfirmed report that they are now legal.
Robbinsdale	MN	USA	?					7/10/99
St. Paul		MN	USA	Y	Y				7/10/99
Boone County	MO	USA	?					3/26/01				Conflicting information about legal status in county
Columbia		MO	USA	?	Y				3/12/99				Ferrets previously considered dangerous exotics. Conflicting information about legal status in city limits.
Sedalia		MO	USA	N					7/25/00				Ferrets classified with "dangerous, wild and exotics" by city ordinance.
Columbus Air
  Force Base	MS	USA	Y					1/12/99				Unconfirmed report
Keesler Air
  Force Base	MS	USA	N					10/7/98
Gaston County	NC	USA	N					12/4/00
Grand Forks Air
  Force Base	ND	USA	N					12/26/98
New Hampshire	NH	USA	Y				Y	7/10/99				All shelters require license and inspection. Fee is $50/year.  Unannounced inspection 2X annually.
New Jersey	NJ	USA	Y	Y			Y	7/10/99
Cannon Air
  Force Base	NM	USA	N					7/10/99
Carson City	NV	USA	Y	Y				12/15/97				$25.00 annual registration fee. City reserves right to inspect the habitat.
Clark County	NV	USA	Y	Y	Y			4/30/01				$4 fee
Las Vegas		NV	USA	Y	Y	Y							Unconfirmed $100 fee
New York City	NY	USA	N					5/10/01	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.
New York		NY	USA	Y	N				1/28/98				License requirement lifted, retroactive to 4/1/97
Butler County	OH	USA	N					7/10/99
Columbus		OH	USA	Y			Y		1/28/98
Elyria		OH	USA	Y					1/31/98
Franklin County	OH	USA	Y			Y		1/28/98
Montgomery
  County		OH	USA	N					9/12/97
Sharonville	OH	USA	N					7/10/99
Warren County	OH	USA	N					7/10/99
Owasso		OK	USA	Y					7/10/99
Tinker Air Force Base
  Oklahoma City	OK	USA	N					7/31/00
Tulsa		OK	USA	Y
Toronto		ON	Canada	Y					2/4/01				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					6/29/97
Bethlehem		PA	USA	N					6/29/97
Erie		PA	USA	N					8/8/98				Enforced when complaint is filed.
Hazle Township	PA	USA	Y					1/21/98
Hazleton		PA	USA	N					7/10/99
New Castle	PA	USA	Y					2/9/98
West Hazleton	PA	USA	Y					1/21/98
Puerto Rico	PR	USA	N					7/10/99				Apparently were banned in approximately 1985.
Rhode Island	RI	USA	Y	Y		Y		7/10/99
Charleston Air
  Force Base	SC	USA	N					7/24/00
Shaw Air
  Force Base	SC	USA	N					7/10/99
South Carolina	SC	USA	Y				Y	12/29/00 www.state.sc.us/dhec/hsgsrab.htm	Legal to sell as of 12/2000, and recognizes '98 Rabies Compendium recommendation.
Tennessee		TN	USA	Y					4/4/98
Addison		TX	USA	N					5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets defined as wild animals and banned under city ordinance.
Allen		TX	USA	N					5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets banned specifically under city ordinance.
Arlington		TX	USA	Y			N		12/30/97	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						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Beaumont		TX	USA	Y					5/10/01	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		12/30/97	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets no longer specifically listed as excluded in city ordinance.
Carrollton	TX	USA						5/10/01	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						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Cleburne		TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Colleyville	TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Colony, The	TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Coppell		TX	USA	N					5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets banned specifically under city ordinance.
Corsicana		TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Dallas		TX	USA	N					5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets banned specifically under city ordinance.
Denton		TX	USA	Y	Y	Y	Y		5/10/01	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					5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml
Farmers Branch	TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Forest Hill	TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Fort Hood		TX	USA	N					7/10/99					Ferrets banned specifically under city ordinance.
Fort Worth	TX	USA	Y		Y		Y	5/10/01	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					5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets defined as wild animals and banned under city ordinance.
Garland		TX	USA	Y	Y	Y	Y	Y	5/10/01	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						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Grapevine		TX	USA	N					5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets defined as wild animals and banned under city ordinance.
Houston		TX	USA	N					6/12/99					Unconfirmed report of a ban going into effect in 1999.
Irving		TX	USA	Y	Y	Y	Y		5/10/01	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						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Kennedale		TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Kileen		TX	USA	N					7/10/99
Lake Dallas	TX	USA	Y	Y	Y			5/10/01	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		5/10/01	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					3/3/00
McKinney		TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Mesquite		TX	USA	N					5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets defined as wild animals and banned under city ordinance.
North Richland
  Hills		TX	USA	Y	Y	Y			5/10/01	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 permit.
Paris		TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Plano		TX	USA	Y		Y		Y	5/10/01	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						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Rowlett		TX	USA	N					7/10/99
Saginaw		TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
San Angelo	TX	USA	Y	Y		Y		2/7/98					Annual shots and tag required for unconfirmed fee of $10-$15.
San Antonio	TX	USA	Y	Y		Y	Y	7/10/99
Sherman		TX	USA	Y			Y		5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets specifically defined as a pet animal. Vaccination and wearing of tag required.
Southlake		TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Waco		TX	USA	Y					5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Ferrets specifically excluded from prohibited animal list.
Watauga		TX	USA						5/10/01	www.texasferret.org/legal.shtml	Not prohibited but not specifically legal.
Davis County	UT	USA	Y					2/19/98					Legal to sell but not own
Salt Lake City
  County		UT	USA	N					7/10/99
Taylorsville	UT	USA	Y					3/16/98
Tooele		UT	USA	N					10/16/97
Fort Eustis	VA	USA	N					5/2/98
Virginia		VA	USA	Y				Y	1/11/98
Fort Lewis	WA	USA	N					9/24/00
Washington	WA	USA	Y					9/26/98			Unconfirmed limit of 4
Oshkosh		WI	USA	N					11/24/00			Ferrets are classified as wild animals by city ordinance, and are prohibited from being owned, kept or sold.
Wisconsin		WI	USA	Y				Y	1/11/98
Wyoming		WY	USA	Y				Y	1/11/98
Germany		Germany		Y					3/8/01			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					4/29/99
Italy		Italy		?					1/24/98			Legal status unknown but have heard from at least one Italian who owns ferrets.
Japan		Japan		Y			Y		1/17/99			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					4/10/98
Kadena Air
  Force Base	Japan		Y					1/17/99
New South Wales	Australia		Y	N				3/26/01
Okinawa		Japan		Y					1/17/99
Peru		Peru		Y					3/17/99			Legal status unconfirmed but have heard from a Peruvian who owns one.
Philippines	Philippines	?					10/7/98			"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					6/29/97
Singapore		Singapore		Y					10/1/00			Legal specifics unconfirmed
United Kingdom	UK		Y					6/10/99
Venezuela		Venezuela		Y					8/7/00			Legal specifics unconfirmed


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