Dangerous Animals

Do I need a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence?

You must obtain a Dangerous Wild Animals licence and meet the conditions if you want to keep a dangerous wild animal. You must make sure it is kept in conditions which:

· Create no risk to the public

· Safeguard the welfare of the animals.

Which animals require a licence?

The animals requiring a licence before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 2007. The Act does not apply to any dangerous wild animal kept in:

· A zoo

· A circus

· Premises licensed as a pet shop

· A place (which is a designated establishment within the meaning of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986).

A person is regarded as the 'keeper' of the animal if they have it in their possession. They remain the 'keeper' and therefore are responsible for the animal, even if it escapes or it is being transported.

Who can apply for a Dangerous Wild Animals licence?

The applicant must:

· Be at least 18 years old

· Own, or propose to own, and possess all of the animals that are to be included on the licence

Who cannot apply for a Dangerous Wild Animal licence?

Any applicant who has previously been disqualified from keeping any dangerous wild animal.

What to consider before you apply for a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence

Keeping any dangerous wild animal will require a great deal of commitment in order to ensure its well being. You should be certain that you are prepared to take on this commitment and have carried out the necessary research to ensure you are fully aware of the care and facilities which the animal requires. Some animals can grow quite large and need adequate space for exercise. You should consider whether you have the space to house the animal correctly.

We will not grant a licence unless satisfied that:

· It would not be contrary to the public interest on the grounds of safety, nuisance or otherwise

· The applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence and is adequately insured

· Animals will be held in secure accommodation to prevent them from escaping

Accommodation for animals is suitable with regard to:

· The construction and size of the quarters

· Temperature and lighting

· Ventilation

· Drainage and cleanliness

· The number of animals proposed to be held in the accommodation

· Appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of any animal in case of fire or other emergency

· Appropriate steps will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases

The animals will be suitably:

· Fed

· Watered

· Supplied with adequate bedding material

· Visited at suitable intervals

· Exercised

How do I apply for a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence?

You must complete the Dangerous Wild Animals application form and send this with the correct licence payment. Once your completed application form is received, we send an officer to inspect the premises. A veterinary inspection will also be required. The applicant will have to pay the relevant inspection fees.