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The impact on public health by interactions between animals, people, and their environment is significant. Approximately 75 percent of the new diseases that affected humans from 1999 to 2009 originated in animals or animal products. For the public health concerns of maintaining domestic animals, a permit from the Douglas County Health Department is required for anyone keeping one (1) or more animal units as defined in the Omaha Code of Ordinances.

In Douglas County, Nebraska it shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or harbor any horses, goats, sheep, swine, except mini-pigs as defined in article XI of the Muni Code, cattle or poultry within this city without first obtaining a permit to do so from the health department.

Any person desiring to obtain a permit required by the article XI of the Muni Code shall make an application therefore in writing on a form furnished by the health department stating:

  • The name and location of the applicant
  • The kind and number of animals or fowl to be kept
  • The name of the person in charge of the animals or fowl, if different from the name and location of the applicant
  • Such other information as the department may require

 Douglas County Health Department permits:

  • Chicken
  • Ducks
  • Geese
  • Mini goats 
  • Dwarf llamas
  • Horses

Nebraska Humane Society permits:

  • Cats 
  • Dogs 
  • Mini pigs

For questions, call the DCHD Sanitation Section: 402-444-7481


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