The state gives counties and cities the authority to regulate animals dangerous to persons or property (North Carolina Statutes 153A-131, 160A-187).
There are no regulations regarding exotic animals not in the invasive species list other than importation rules.
Native captive wildlife: BANS as pets and issues permits for scientific, education, exhibition or other purposes. Sportsmen may take animals from the wild for an annual, seasonal or cultural event provided it is returned after the event. May only be sold to another licensee, but no transportation permit is needed except for black bears.
Those holding a captivity license must follow the requirements in section 0302 except publicly financed zoos, scientific and biological research facilities, and institutions of higher education exempted prior to December 1, 2005.
(North Carolina Statutes 113-128 to 113-130, 113-272.5 to 113-277, 119-291.3; 15A North Carolina Admin Code 10H.0301 to 10H.0303)
Herp: BANS commercial taking (5 or more annually) of native turtles and terrapins (families Emydidae or Trionychidae) except under possession permit before 1/1/2008, vets, rehabilitators, publicly financed zoos, scientific research facilities, institutions of higher education, and government agencies that are exempt from the collecting prohibition. The public may possess them under an Amphibian and Reptile Possession permit, which is required to possess 25+ native amphibians or 5+ native reptiles.
(15A North Carolina Admin Code 10H.1301 to .1302)
Issues Falconry permits. NEW: 2017 Changes
Nongame: BANS Tongueless or African clawed frogs and certain fish.
BANS the importation of skunk, fox, raccoon, ringtail, North and South American felines, coyote, marten, and brushtail possum except research institutions, USDA exhibitors, and organized entertainers such as zoos or circuses under a permit. All other wild mammals or hybrids require a certificate of veterinary inspection. All animals require an import permit. BANS importation of gray foxes in to the counties of Anson, Avery, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Davidson, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union and Yancey. (02 North Carolina Admin Code 52B.0212; 15A North Carolina Admin Code 10B.0101, 10B.0102)
1 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Sessions: 2 Years (odd-even)
Odd Years - Jan (3rd Wed after 2nd Mon)
Even Years - Usually May
Adjourns: No set date - Usually Jul or Aug
During Session: 10 days
Recessed 30+ Days/After Session:
30 days after adj - If vetoed becomes
law on 40th day if no veto session
Pocket Veto: No
North Carolina Constitution Art II Sec 22
North Carolina Statutes Ch 120 Art 6 Sec 20