Dangerous Wild Animal Licence
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 us.
The animals for which a licence is required before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2007.
Unless there are 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.
The local authority may authorise an Officer, Veterinary Surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.
Copies of relevant legislation can be found on the legislation.gov.uk website.
To ensure that the premises meets the requirements of the Act we authorise a veterinary surgeon to inspect the premises. The fee for this is not included in the application fee and will be invoiced separately.
Local authorities must have regard to the following when considering an application for a licence:
- It is not contrary to the public interest to do so on the grounds of safety, nuisance or other grounds.
- The applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence to keep the animals listed on the application.
- The animal(s) will be kept in accommodation that prevents its escape and is suitable in respect of construction, size, temperature, drainage and cleanliness.
- That the animal(s) will be supplied with adequate and suitable food drink and bedding material and be visited at suitable intervals.
- Appropriate steps will be taken to ensure the protection of the animal(s) in case of fire or other emergency.
- All reasonable precautions are taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- The animal(s) accommodation is such that it can take adequate exercise.
Conditions can be attached to a licence to ensure that the above are complied with.
It is our aim to complete the application process within 30 working days (subject to a satisfactory veterinary inspection within this period).
If your application is successful your licence will be granted for two years. Renewal of a licence must be applied for before the expiry of the current licence.