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Keeping Dangerous Wild Animals

To protect the safety of the animal and the public, a licence is required to keep a dangerous wild animal. This is specified under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

Animals listed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976

Who can apply for a licence?

Any person aged 18 years or older - and who is not disqualified from keeping any dangerous wild animal - can apply.

Is planning permission required?

We recommend that you discuss your proposals with our Planning team to decide whether a planning application is needed.

How do I apply for a licence?

You can apply and pay for a licence via our online form:

Licence to keep dangerous wild animals application form

How much does a licence cost?

A fee is payable. Please read our current fees and charges.

How long does a licence last?

A licence is valid for two years from the date it is granted.

Licence conditions

Read our dangerous wild animals licence conditions

What can I do if my licence application is refused?

If your application is refused, you can apply to the magistrates' court.

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