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Counties, townships, cities and homeowners associations can all regulate exotic animals. Ask the animal control officer for a copy of the animal laws. Do NOT mention that you want an exotic. Always get their response in writing, whether for or against ownership. ZONING LAWS, such as commercial or residential classification, may also set guidelines about where exotic animals may be kept and for what purposes. Although a certain county or city may not ban exotics as a whole, they may regulate where in the county or city you can house them. For example, some cities ban "wild animals" in commercial/residential areas, and allow them only in agriculturally zoned or rural areas. For those states with township governments, exotic animals may ONLY be regulated through zoning codes.
NEW FOR 2016:
NC: In February, Stokes County approved further restrictions for those previously exempt from its exotic animal ordinance.