Predatory or undesirable: All non native species require a special permit to possess, import, or sell, which are not issued for pets. Wolf and feline hybrids are considered domestic. Non native mammals except cervids, African rodents, and prairie dogs possessed or imported by USDA licensed dealers, exhibitors, transporters, or researchers are exempt. All reptiles must be kept in a way to prevent escape.
NEW: Red foxes and some rabbits were removed from the domesticated lists. Current owners had to declare them by 1/1/18.
All other exotic species are not regulated.
(4 Virginia Admin Code 15-20-50, 15-30-5 to 15-30-50; Virginia Statutes 29.1-542, 29.1-569)
Hybrid Canines: The state now gives municipalities the authority to ban hybrid canines and requires veterinarians to report a hybrid canine they treated to local animal control. It also authorizes killing any that are attacking livestock. (Virginia Statutes 3.2-6581 to 3.2-6584; SB 444, 3/31/2014)
Guide to Collecting, Exhibiting, and Releasing Wildlife
(4 Virginia Admin Code 15-290-20 to 15-290-50; Virginia Statutes 29.1-563 to 29.1-568; Virginia Statutes 29.1-417 to 29.1-418)
A list of nuisance species can be found here.
Elementary and secondary schools may possess and display wildlife with a fee or permit so long as they notify the department before displaying one. (Virginia Statutes 29.1-417)
For endangered and threatened species, the state issues endangered species permits. Non-native endangered and threatened species may be possessed, bred, sold and transported as pets if the federal Endangered Species Act does not prohibit it, it is in compliance with state laws, and they are not on the predatory or undesirable list. (Virginia Statutes 29.1-568)
Requires a health certificate, except that AZA may import and export native species with just written permission from the Director (Effective 8/15/2013). Canines must have it within 10 days of entry and those over 4 months need rabies vaccine. Primates must test negative for TB within 30 days of entry and have oral mucosa examined, have CVI within 10 days and have microchip except when passing through state in interstate commerce or those passing through to another state, residents or nonresidents moving to state if not for public adoption, sale or trade, or legal exhibition for up to 10 days. Commercial importation of companion animals, which includes all wild and exotic animals under a person’s care, is governed under chapter 150. (2 Virginia Admin Code 5-140-10 to 5-140-40, 5-140-110, 5-140-120, 5-140-130; 2 Virginia Admin Code 5-150)
1000 Bank St
Richmond, VA 23219
Sessions: 2 Years (even-odd)
Convenes: Jan (2nd Wed)
Odd Years - 30 Calendar Days
- Usually extended to 45 days
Even Years - 60 Calendar Days
During Session: 7 days
After Session: 30 days after adj
Pocket Veto: No
Virginia Constitution Art V Sec 6
Excl emergency/appropriation bills:
Regular Session - July 1 after adj
Special Session - 1st day of 4th
month after adj
Virginia Constitution Art IV Sec 13