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Register an event for an animal exhibition, animal market or animal exchange

If you want to hold events where animals are sold, exchanged or traded, you must apply for a permit from your competent veterinary authority before starting the activity. This type of events with animals includes, for example, animal fairs, animal exhibitions or animal markets.

A decision on the granting of the permit shall be taken within a period of four months from the date of receipt of the application by the competent authority. Depending on the scope and difficulty of the examination of whether the conditions for granting a licence are met, this period may be extended by up to two months. Therefore, allow enough time for the granting of permission before starting your work.

Only after receiving the permit are you allowed to start your work.

Process flow

After you have submitted the required documents to your competent veterinary authority, the documents will be checked for accuracy and completeness. Subsequently, if necessary, an on-site inspection by the official veterinary service will take place at your site and, if necessary, an expert interview. You will then receive permission.

Who should I contact?

Your contact persons are the veterinary offices of the districts and independent cities in Lower Saxony, the Hanover region and the JadeWeser Veterinary Office Association.

The list of veterinary offices can be found here.


  • They must ensure that the requirements of animal welfare law, in particular § 2 of the Animal Welfare Act, are met.
  • Application contains all the required information
  • All required documents are available
  • If you are the person responsible for the activity, you must:
    • have the professional knowledge and skills required for the job due to your training or your previous professional or other contact with animals. Proof of this must be provided upon request in an expert discussion with the competent authority
    • have the required reliability.

Their premises and facilities used for the activity must enable the animals, to be eaten, cared for and housed in accordance with the legal requirements.

Which documents are required?

  • Please check with the competent veterinary authority for application forms for a permit and what other documents must be submitted
  • Informal application for permission with the following content:
    • Type, expected number and sex of animals to be kept or description of the intended activity and animal husbandry
    • Details of the person responsible for the activity
  • Certificates of competence of the responsible persons who have contact with the animals
  • Certificate of good conduct
  • Sketch(es) of the housing facility(s)

What are the fees?

Fee: 25,00 - 1000,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Please note that you are only allowed to start your work after receiving the permit and the processing time can take up to 4 months (in exceptional cases up to 6 months).

Processing duration

  • Usually 4 months
  • In exceptional cases, the processing time may be extended

Applications / forms

  • Informal application for permission
  • If necessary, your competent veterinary authority will provide further documents for the application. Therefore, please contact your local veterinary authority
  • From 2023 at the latest, the permit can also be applied for online


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

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Veterinärwesen und Verbraucherschutz
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible


Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

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