Pet Stores with Exotic Birds

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Maryland law requires a permit to import, distribute, and breed exotic birds. Applications are to be filed with local health departments.

Submit the Application for An Exotic Bird Permit to the Howard County Health Department at the address on the form. The fee is $44 annually.

A potential concern regarding exotic birds is the disease psittacosis, which can be transmitted from birds to humans  Maryland Department of Health Psittacosis Fact Sheet


What regulations apply to Exotic Birds in Howard County?

Maryland Code of Regulations (COMAR) 10.06.01.24 Sale and Distribution of Pet Animals

COMAR 10.06.01.25 Control of Communicable Diseases in Pet Stores

Maryland Health General Code Annotated 24-101 to 24-110