Licences to keep exotic, dangerous or wild animals

Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976

The keeping of certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

No person may keep any dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a licence from their local authority.

The animals for which a licence is required before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984.

Applications for a licence must be made to the local authority, and a licence may be issued providing the applicant is not disqualified or has been convicted under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

There is an application fee payable at the time an application is made.

Licence application

You can download the application form below or obtain one from council offices.

The applicant will also be required to pay the cost of inspections carried out by our authorised Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner.

Except in exceptional circumstances, the person making the application must be the person who owns and possesses or proposes to own and possess the animal to which the application applies.

Where a licence is granted that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31st December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the licence holder is to continue to keep the animal(s) named on the licence.