Arlington County Exotic Animal Ban

Last Update: March 26, 2017 @ 6pm


On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Arlington County Board had an open forum with the public to discuss the proposed exotic animal ban; which would make it illegal for residents to keep sugar gliders, require registration for currently owned large snakes (>10 lbs in body weight), prevent someone acquiring new snakes that will grow to exceed this weight limit, and place strict restrictions on other common exotic pets. During the meeting, Arlington County Board members and animal control made it clear that they were willing to work with their constituents to adjust the proposed ban and continue to work with the public’s recommendations for legislation.

The next public hearing has been scheduled for Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 8:30am to discuss the updated provisions to the the proposed ban. SEAVS staff members will be returning to this second meeting and have made ourselves available for any questions the board or animal control may have before instituting any legislation.

If you own or have ever owned an exotic pet (small exotic mammals, reptiles/amphibians, and/or birds) we ask that you please consider joining us at this meeting [County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington VA 22201]. This next stage is extremely important for our community’s success in creating legislation that allows Arlington County residents to welcome an [appropriate] exotic pet into their home or apartment.

You may read our official updated statement to the board here: SEAVS Response to Arlington County Exotic Animal Ban

You may read our official statement before the preliminary provisions were made here: SEAVS Initial Response to Arlington County Exotic Animal Ban