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Plymouth PL1 2AA
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  • Animals
    Plymouth City Council
    PL6 5UF

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Dangerous wild animals licence

A licence is required if you keep wild animals that are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984.

A licence will not be issued to anyone who has previously been disqualified or convicted of an offence under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

After you have submitted an application we will arrange for an authorised officer to inspect your premises, review the storage, its facilities and management arrangements to ensure they comply with our standard licence conditions.


Download and complete the dangerous wild animals application form [PDF, 131KB]


  • £356


The licence will expire after 24 months on 31 December of the following year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the licence holder is to continure with the animal(s) named on the licence.

The Council reserve the right to attach conditions to the licence.

Any person who is refused a licence will be supplied with the detailed reasons in writing.

Any person who is refused a licence has the right of appeal to the Magistrates Court.


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Before a licence is granted we will take the following factors into consideration

  • 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
  • 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

  • Where the Council issues a licence, that licence will be subject to such conditions as the Council sees fit and in each case these conditions will specify that:

  • 1. Only the person named on the licence shall be entitled to keep the animal

    2. The animal shall only be kept on the premises named on the licence

    3. The animal shall not be moved or may only be moved in accordance with conditions specified in the licence

    4. The licensee must hold a current insurance policy, approved by the Council, which insures against liability for damage caused by the animal

    5. Only the species and number of animals listed on the licence may be kept

    6. The licensee shall make a copy of the licence and its contents available to any other person listed on the licence as being able to look after the animal

    The Council may at any time revoke or amend any licence condition apart from those covered by 1 to 6 above

    Tacit Consent

    This means that if we have not dealt with your application within a specified time then your application is deemed to have been granted or approved. Tacit consent will not apply in relation to any applications submitted under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, as there is an overriding public interest on the grounds of public and animal safety.

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    If you do not receive a response from us within 14 days please contact us to make sure we have received your application and it is being dealt with.