Dangerous wild animals

Dangerous wild animal licence

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and a schedule included with the Act contains a list of the various animals classed as dangerous wild animals.  Dangerous wild animals cannot be kept by any individual without a licence from the council. In addition to the powers of inspection the Act gives councils powers to seize any animal being kept on premises which are unlicensed.

How do you apply?

This licence can be applied for by completing the Dangerous Wild Animals Licence application form.

How is the application dealt with?

When the application is received the premises concerned will be inspected by and Environmental Health Officer and the Council's Veterinary Adviser. A licence will be granted subject to the premises and welfare arrangements for the animal being satisfactory.

Can anyone object to the application?

Any nearby residents or other concerned persons can object to the granting of such licences.

How much does it cost?

The fee for this licence is currently £100.80.

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