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.
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 by completing our application form:
Apply for a licence to keep dangerous wild animals (PDF format)
When you have finished, please return the completed application form by email
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.
What can I do if my licence application is refused?
If your application is refused, you can apply to the magistrates' court.