Dangerous wild animal licence

The keeping of certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. Anyone wishing to keep dangerous animals requires a licence to do so.

Prior to granting the licence the Council will carry out a series of checks to ensure accommodation and safeguards are suitable. Once a licence has been issued the owner is subject to periodic inspections to ensure that standards are being maintained. Licenses are granted for two years.


  • New application - £407 (plus a vets visit fee for first time applicants)
  • Renewal - £378 (licences must be renewed before expiry if person wishes to continue to keep dangerous animals)


 Dangerous wild animal application and renewal form [PDF, 131KB]

When we receive your application we'll contact you to take payment.