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Dangerous wild animal licence

Applying for a licence

Applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • own, or propose to own, and possess all of the animals that are to be included on the licence. 
  • Pay the licence fee and vet’s inspection fee.

We will not grant a licence unless we are satisfied that:

  • it would not be contrary to the public interest on the grounds of safety, nuisance or otherwise
  • the applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence and is adequately insured
  • animals will be held in secure accommodation to prevent them from escaping

And that all animals covered by the licence:

  • have a suitable environment (place to live)
  • have a suitable diet
  • are exhibiting normal behaviour patterns
  • are housed with or apart from other animals if applicable
  • are protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease.

We will arrange for an authorised Veterinary Surgeon to undertake an inspection of the premises with our officer and produce a report, which we are legally obliged to consider when determining this application.

This licensing procedure does not apply to animals kept in:

  • a zoo
  • a circus
  • a pet shop
  • a place registered under the Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 for the purpose of performing experiments.

If you wish to apply for, or renew a Licence to keep dangerous wild animals please contact the licensing unit by emailing