Dangerous wild animals

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 states that licences are required to keep certain types of animals.

Number of licences issued

There are currently no Dangerous Wild Animal Licences issued in the Borough. (updated 23rd October 2023).

How to apply

When we have confirmed receipt of both your application and fee, we will arrange to carry out an inspection with a veterinary surgeon or approved practitioner. They will submit a report on whether the cages, food and other living conditions are suitable. You are required to pay the cost of this inspection.

Anyone carrying out this activity without the relevant licence could be prosecuted and face imprisonment, receive a fine or both.

How long will my application take?

We aim to determine applications within 28 days from receipt of a completed application, including payment.

In some circumstances applications may take longer than 28 days whilst we liaise with the veterinary surgeon or approved practitioner.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before we can grant a licence. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, you can contact the licensing team.

What to do if a licence is refused

You will need to contact the licensing team in the first instance.

Complaints / concerns about dangerous wild animals

If you're concerned about the welfare of an animal or would like to report a nuisance caused by an animal you can:

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