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Dangerous Wild Animal Licence

Animals listed on the Schedule to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 require a licence to be kept (unless the animal is part of a collection licensed as a Zoo under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, or for sale in a premises which is licensed to sell pet animals)

A link to the most recent version of the Schedule has been provided.

The following animals are listed under the act:

List of Dangerous Wild Animals

  1. Eligibility criteria

    Applicants must be aged 18 or older and not disqualified from keeping dangerous wild animals.

    Your application must:

    • specify the species (whether one or more) of animal, and the number of animals of each species, proposed to be kept;
    • specify the premises where any animal concerned will normally be held;
    • be made to the local authority where the animals are or are proposed to be kept;
    • be made by a person who is neither under the age of 18 nor disqualified under this Act from keeping any dangerous wild animal;
    • be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

  2. How do I apply?

    You have to complete an application form for this licence and provide proof that you hold insurance that covers any liability for damage that may be caused by the animal(s).

    A fee for the application is payable when the application is submitted.

    A Veterinary Surgeon’s report is required to process your application. When we receive your application we will arrange for a Vet to carry out an inspection. The cost of the veterinary inspection isn’t included in the application fee and will be invoiced separately after the visit has taken place. We will contact you to discuss the veterinary inspection.

    Complete our application form.

  3. What criteria do you assess applications against?

    When considering applications we must be satisfied that: 

    • The granting of the application is not contrary to the public interest on the grounds of safety, nuisance or otherwise to grant the licence.
    • The applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence.
    • The animal(s) will be kept in accommodation which prevents escape and is suitable in terms of construction, size, temperature, lighting, ventilation, drainage and cleanliness and is suitable for the number of animals proposed to be kept in the accommodation.
    • The animal(s) will be supplied with suitable food, drink, bedding materials and visited at suitable intervals.
    • Appropriate steps will be taken in the event of fire or other emergency.
    • All reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious disease.

  4. How long are the licences valid for?

    Two years.

  5. Will tacit consent apply?

    No, tacit consent does not apply. It is in the public interest that we process your application for a dangerous wild animals licence.  This means that any dangerous wild animal cannot be kept until a licence has been issued.

  6. What do I do if I disagree with the outcome of my application or any condition attached?

    You can appeal to a Magistrates’ Court within 28 days from the date of the written notice.

  7. 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.

  8. Trade associations

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