Controlled Alien Species for Zoos & Aquariums
Zoos and aquariums in B.C. are required to have permits for possessing, breeding, shipping or transporting prohibited controlled alien species.
Exotic animals are known as controlled alien species in B.C. For the purposes of the Controlled Alien Species Regulation, a zoo or aquarium must be either accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos & Aquariums (CAZA), or able to provide proof to the satisfaction of the director of meeting or exceeding the accreditation standards set by CAZA in order to receive a permit.
Apply for a Permit
Fill out an application to request a Non-Personal Possession Permit for possession of a prohibited controlled alien species by a zoo or aquarium:
Please read the permit application and conditions carefully for a full outline of annual requirements for permitted accredited zoos and aquariums.
Applicants have three options for submitting their permit applications:
- Mail your permit application to
ATTN: Controlled Alien Species Permit
Wildlife & Habitiat Branch
PO Box 9391 STN PROV GOVT
- Email your application to ControlledAlienSpecies@gov.bc.ca
- Fax your application to 250 387-0239
There are currently no fees for controlled alien species permits in B.C.
Please allow a minimum of 60 business days for your application to be reviewed and processed.
Rules for Possession
Once a Non-Personal Possession Permit has been granted, accredited zoos and aquariums will be able to:
- Possess a controlled alien species as outlined in their Non-Personal Possession Permit
- Ship and transport a controlled alien species, accompanied with its permit
- Breed controlled alien species with a permit and a CAZA-approved collection management plan
Accredited zoos and aquariums will be prohibited from:
- Releasing controlled alien species
- Breaching a condition of their controlled alien species permit