Dangerous Wild Animals

To keep certain specified dangerous wild animals you need a Licence from your Local Authority in order to protect the public from risks arising from their keeping.


Applicants for a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence must not be disqualified from keeping dangerous wild animals under the Act.

A fee, determined by the Local Authority, will be payable on application.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

The following are matters about which the Local Authority must be satisfied prior to the granting of a Licence:-

  • the granting of the application should not be contrary to the public interest in any way;
  • the applicant must be a suitable person to hold a licence;
  • the animal(s) is/are owned or possessed by the applicant;
  • that the conditions in which the animal is proposed to be kept will safeguard its welfare in respect of its accommodation, the supply of adequate and suitable food, drink and bedding, protection in the event of an emergency, the prevention and control of infectious diseases and its ability to take adequate exercise.

Conditions can be attached to a licence to ensure that the above are complied with.

Will tacit consent apply?

No, an inspection will need to be made before any application is granted.


  • First application: £208 per annum
    - expires 31st December each year
  • Renewal: £157
    - Plus additional necessary Veterinary or other Inspection Fees
    - expires 31st December each year
  • Amendments and copies of licences: £10.50

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