Dangerous Wild Animal Licence

Further information

Our duties:

Before granting a licence we must be satisfied that:

  • 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.
  • That 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 we issue a licence, that licence will be subject to such conditions as we see fit and in each case these conditions will specify that:

  • Only the person named on the licence shall be entitled to keep the animal.
  • The animal shall only be kept on the premises named on the licence.
  • The animal shall not be moved or may only be moved in accordance with conditions specified in the licence.
  • The licensee must hold a current insurance policy, approved by us, which insures against liability for damage caused by the animal.
  • Only the species and number of animals listed on the licence may be kept.
  • 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.
  • We may at any time revoke or amend any licence condition.


Your rights to Appeal, Offences and Penalties

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which the licence is subject, may appeal to the Magistrates Court and the Courts may give such direction regarding the licence and its conditions as it thinks proper.

Anybody found guilty of keeping an animal covered by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 without a licence to do so or anybody found guilty of failing to comply with any licence condition shall be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,000.

Any person found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector or Authorised Veterinary Practitioner or Veterinary Surgeon shall be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,000.

Where a person keeps an animal without a licence or where a person fails to comply with a licence condition, we may seize the animal and may either retain it or have it destroyed or disposed of (to a zoo or elsewhere) without compensation to the owner.

Where the Council incurs any expense in seizing, retaining or disposing of an animal then the person who was the keeper of the animal shall be liable for those costs.