If you wish to keep an animal which is classed as dangerous under the Dangerous and Wild Animal Act 1976 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2007 (opens in a new window) you must get a licence from us. This requirement does not apply to zoos, circuses or pet shops.
Apply for a licence
An application fee must be paid when you make your application to keep a dangerous wild animal.
We will confirm that we have received both your application and fee in writing and 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 will be required to pay the cost of this inspection.
You will need to provide a copy of a current public liability insurance policy.
When processing your application we will consider the following:
- the safety of the general public and any nuisance that the grant of a licence may cause
- that the animal will be kept in suitable accommodation from which it cannot escape
- we review the construction, size, temperature, lighting, ventilation, drainage and cleanliness for the number of animals to be housed in it
- suitable food, drink and bedding will be provided and that the animal is exercised and visited regularly
- that steps are in place to protect the animal in case of fire or other emergency
- that steps are taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Licences expire two years after the initial grant date