313 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
222 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Odd Years: Mar (Tue after
Even Years: Determined by
Adjourns: 60 calendar days
During Session: 7 days
After Session: 15 days
Pocket Veto: No
FL Constitution Art III Sec 8
60th day after adj
FL Constitution Art III Sec 9
Captive wildlife is divided into Class I, Class II, and Class III and species not requiring a permit. Class I wildlife is banned for personal use (pets), Class II wildlife may be kept as pets under a permit, and Class III includes all other species. Existing ones may be kept under old class rules. Issues permits for temporary possession and import. Hybrids are regulated the same as their more restricted parent.
Class I Requirements:
- Meet all specie specific caging requirements and other specifications
Exceptions to perimeter fence, buffer zone, and acreage – carnivores until 25# or 6 months of age, primates until 12 months of age, crocodiles under 4’ – require ¼ acre and 5’ fence for outdoor exercise area
Class II Requirements:
Exceptions to perimeter fence, buffer zone, and acreage – carnivores until 25# or 6 months of age, primates until 12 months of age, African golden cat, bobcat, caracal, fishing cat, guenon, ocelot, saki, serval, Temminck's golden cat, uakari - require 5’ fence for outdoor exercise area
Class III Requirements:
Commercial use of Class I wildlife: Requires demonstration of continuous commercial activity by providing documentation of sale or exhibition of wildlife, regular business hours, or advertising. Also requires $10,000 bond or $2,000,000 liability insurance for exhibiting. Class I felines and great apes can come into full contact with the public until they are 25 pounds, lesser apes between the ages of 4 months and 2 years, and all elephants. Incidental contact is allowed with Class I carnivores (except cheetahs and cougars) and great apes over 6 months until they are 40 pounds, any lesser apes over 4 months, and any elephants.
Venomous reptiles and reptiles of concern: BANNED for personal use with only traveling USDA exhibitors and FWC licensed zoo facilities being exempt. Owners may turn in illegal ones to permit holders without question.
NOTE: Florida is unique in that ONLY Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission can ban/regulate exotics and other wildlife in the state. No county in Florida can ban private possession of wild/exotic animals. FWC has sole jurisdiction. They can only regulate their enclosures. All enclosures housing animals must meet the city's/county's building codes.
(Florida Admin Code 68A – 6; 28 Florida Statutes 379.231, 379.303 to 305, 379.372 to 374, 379.3761 to 3762, 379.4015)
Pet foxes, skunks, bats, raccoons and white tail deer must be captive bred.
Import: Import requires an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection within 30 days or an Owner-Shipper Statement if exempt from the certificate. Restricted animals require a Permit for Movement of Restricted Animals. Hoofed animals need a certificate within 5 days prior.
Exhibition: Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection required within 30 days for out-of-state and 90 days if in state along with an inspection.