Dangerous Wild Animal Licence

Licence summary

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 states that licences are required from the local authority to keep certain animals specified in the Act.

The following animals are listed under the act:

List of Dangerous Wild Animals

Eligibility criteria

Your application must include the following information.

a) specifies the species (whether one or more) of animal, and the number of animals of each species, proposed to be kept;

b) specifies the premises where any animal concerned will normally be held;

c) the application must be made to the local authority where the animals are or are proposed to be kept;

d) the application must be made by a person who is neither under the age of 18 nor disqualified under this Act from keeping any dangerous wild animal; and

e)  the application must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

We must have regard to the following when considering your application

a) it is not contrary to the public interest on the grounds of safety, nuisance or otherwise to grant the licence;

b) the applicant for the licence is a suitable person to hold a licence under this Act;

c) any animal concerned will at all times of its being kept only under the authority of the licence-

  1. be held in accommodation which secures that the animal will not escape, which is suitable as regards construction, size, temperature, lighting, ventilation, drainage and cleanliness and which is suitable for the number of animals proposed to be held in the accommodation, and
  2. be supplied with adequate and suitable food, drink and bedding material and be visited at suitable intervals;

d) appropriate steps will at all such times be taken for the protection of any animal concerned in case of fire or other emergency;

e) all reasonable precautions will be taken at all such times to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases;

f) while any animal concerned is at the premises where it will normally be held, its accommodation is such that it can take adequate exercise.

The application must be made by a person who owns and possesses or proposes to own and possess any animal concerned. Veterinary Inspection

A veterinary surgeon or practitioner must carry out an inspection of the premises before we can make a decision to grant or refuse the licence. This also applies to renewal applications.

Regulation summary

Dangerous Wild Animals Act

Application evaluation process

A fee is payable to South Somerset District Council should be submitted with the application form.  If the application is rejected the enforcement element of the fee, which is £20.00, will be refunded.

This fee does not include the cost of the vet inspecting the premises.

The cost of the vet inspection will be invoiced to the applicant(s).

A minimum of 30 days needs to be allowed from initial application to the grant of a licence.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.

How to apply

Please complete a Dangerous Wild Animals application form. We will contact you shortly before the renewal of the licence is due.

Failed application redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact the Licensing team online.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be bought within 6 month's of receiving written notice of the authority's decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

Licence holder redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact the Licensing team online.

If a licence holder wishes to appeal against a condition attached to a licence they may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court. The appeal must be made within 6 months of the licence being issued.

The local district council may alter conditions at any time but must give licence holders the opportunity to make representations about the proposed changes. If a licence holder disagrees with the alterations they may appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be made within 6 months of the written notification of the alteration and a notice of appeal must be served on the local district council.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Trade associations

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

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