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Authorisation for the commercial control of vertebrate animals as pests

If you want to kill or stun vertebrates as pests on a commercial basis, you need an animal welfare permit from the competent authority before starting your work. You can apply for permission in writing in paper form, via the Lower Saxony Application System for Administrative Services Online (NAVO) and, from 2023, via the company portal for health-related consumer protection.

In order to obtain a permit, you must attach to the application, among other things, certificates of competence of the people who carry out the work of killing and stunning.

Process flow

You will receive the permit from the competent authority after you have submitted the necessary documents and the application for a permit, the competent authority has examined the documents and the requirements have been checked.

Who should I contact?

In Lower Saxony, responsibility lies with the veterinary offices of the districts, the Hanover region and the independent cities as well as with the Jade-Weser Veterinary Office Association.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.


  • Application is completed completely and correctly
  • All required documents are available

Which documents are required?

No documentation is required.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You will need permission before you start your work.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 4 Months
Section 11 (5) of the Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG)


Within one month of notification, an action may be filed with the administrative court with territorial jurisdiction.

What else should I know?

Anyone who carries out an activity without the permit required under Section 11 (1) sentence 1 of the Animal Welfare Act (Section 18 (1) No. 20 of the Animal Protection Act is guilty of an administrative offence).

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)