Notification for keeping animals

The notification for keeping animals must be made irrespective of the number of animals or the intended use of the animals. Registration must be done before starting animal keeping. In connection with the registration of animal keeping activities, a place where animals are kept must also be established in the register of animal keepers.

In order to keep certain animal species, the operator must submit a notification of their animal husbandry activities to the register of animal keepers.

Such animals are

  • bovine
  • pigs
  • sheep
  • goats
  • poultry
  • bees
  • bumble bees
  • fur animals
  • farmed rabbits
  • camels and deers (except reindeer of herding communities in the reindeer management areas)
  • equidae.

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Prior to making a notification for keeping animals, you need to make a notification of the location of animal keeping.

The registration in the register of animal keepers can be made if the animal keeper has provided all the required information with the registration form and there are no impediments for animal keeping.

When interrupting or terminating animal keeping, the animal keeper has to inform the rural development official of the municipality.

If you keep bovine, pigs, sheep or goats, their numbers must be notified to the animal register and updated when necessary.

A trader established in another European Economic Area that provides its services in Finland on a temporary basis is required to submit the same notifications as a trader established in Finland.


The notification for keeping animals is made using the Finnish Food Authority's form "Notification and instructions on animal keeping activities" or in the online service of the register of animal keepers and premises.

Submit the notification in the e-service of the animal keeper and location register. Alternatively, you can submit the notification on a form to the Rural Livelihood Authority of your municipality or federation of municipalities who will enter your animal keeping in the animal keeper register.

Payment information

The service is free of charge.


The notification must be given both prior to starting the operations and within 30 days of interrupting or terminating animal keeping.

Period of validity

The registry will remain in effect until the animal keeping is notified to have been terminated.