Dangerous wild animals: BANS except for AZA, ZAA, research, circus, vet, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries sanctuary, grandfathered educational institution with single mascot (requires animal to live at AZA or ZAA facility, $1,000,000 liability insurance and no public contact), service spider monkeys, rehabilitators, state endangered/threatened species licensees, and those traveling through the state less than 48 hours. Current owners were grandfathered if they met the strict and expensive requirements.
The state also issues Rescue Facility Permits which must be obtained by 1/1/2014 for current ones or before 60 days of starting one. (Ohio Revised Code Ch. 935, Effective 9/5/2012; Revised 6/30/2013 and 7/18/2013)
Dangerous Wild Animals:
REGISTRATION is required for lemurs, marmosets, squirrel monkeys and capuchins.
PERMIT is required for restricted snakes by January 1, 2014 for current owners or within 120 days of acquiring one. Must comply with all permit requirements. They may NOT be sold at auction or have their teeth removed. Venomous species require liability insurance or surety bond and access to anti-venom.
Native reptiles and amphibians except endangered ones require a Propagation Permit whether imported, wild caught or captive born. Bullfrogs, green frogs, snapping turtles, and spiny softshell turtles have specific rules. Native snakes and turtles must be PIT tagged before sale. (OAC 1501:31-25-04)
Game birds, game quadrupeds, reptiles, amphibians, or fur-bearing animals listed in Section 1531.01 require a Commercial (sell) or Noncommercial (private use) Propagating Permits except governmental zoos. (ORC 1531.01 and 1531.02, 1533.71)
Endangered and threatened species require a letter of permission. (OAC 1501:31-23)
BANS import, possession or sale of walking catfish, diploid white amur or diploid grass carp, silver carp - white bream, black amur - black carp, bighead carp , ruffe, round goby, tubenose goby, snakeheads, white perch, three spine stickleback, sea lamprey, eastern banded killifish or hybrids except for research, zoos, public aquariums, and displays with written authorization
BANS import for sale of white amur except with written authorization.
BANS importation or possession of raccoons from outside the state except for pets with a certificate of veterinary inspection and proof of legal ownership.
BANS import, possession or sale of raccoon dogs, marron, yabby, zebra mussel, quagga mussel, or rudd.
Special rules for exhibitions of animals (OAC 901:1-18)
Non-domestic animals must have an entry permit and a certificate of veterinary inspection within 30 days of importation. (OAC 901:1-17-01, 901:1-17-02, 901:1-17-12)
77 S. High St
Columbus, OH 43215
Sessions: 2 Years (odd-even)
Convenes: Jan (1st Mon - Tues if 1st)
Adjourns: Determined by legislators
- Usually Dec
During Session: 10 days except Sun
After Session: 10 days after adj
Pocket Veto: No
Ohio Constitution Art II Sec 16
Regular - 90 days
Emergency - Immediately
Ohio Constitution Art II Sec 1c & 1d