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Dangerous and wild animals

If you own or keep one or more dangerous wild animals, within the meaning of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, then you must be licensed by us.

We will enforce the conditions of the licence, if they are breached, and will investigate any complaints received about the keeping of these animals. The licensing process will involve a authority nominated veterinary inspection, by a suitably qualified vet (ie qualifications in exotic and wild animals)


We must be satisfied that:

  • There is no public safety, public nuisance or other reason why such a licence should not be given
  • The applicant is over 18 years old and a suitable person to hold the licence
  • The animal(s) will be kept in secure accommodation
  • There is sufficient space for the animal(s) for exercise, and the accommodation is clean, with suitable ventilation, lighting, temperature and drainage
  • There are adequate precautions in case of fire
  • There are adequate precautions to prevent and control infectious disease
  • The applicant is the legal owner of the animal
  • The licence holder has taken out insurance against liability for any damage caused

If any specific conditions are imposed these will be stated on the licence when issued.

How to apply

Application for a Licence to Keep Dangerous Wild Animals [93KB]

What it costs

  As of 1st April 2020

Dangerous Wild Animals Licence - initial or renewal

Excluding vet fees - vets fees are charged in addition to these
fees based on full cost recovery


This is an annual licence that runs from January to December, renewal will be needed each year.

If you have any concerns about the keeping of a dangerous or wild animal, please contact Environmental Health.