Licence SummaryA Licence is required for anybody wishing to keep a Dangerous Wild Animal. The only time a Licence is not required is if the animal is kept in a zoo, circus or pet shop. For further information, and a list of those animals considered to be dangerous under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, contact Gov.uk
Eligibility CriteriaThe Licence requires the owner to keep the animal(s) in suitable and safe conditions, for the welfare of the animal(s) and protection of the public. Premises must be inspected by a Veterinary Officer before a Licence can be granted. Licences can be refused or issued subject to specific conditions, including:
- Requirements that they will not be moved from the Licensed Premises (unless allowed for in the Licence)
- The Licence Holder must be insured against liability
- Restrictions on the species and number of animals to be kept
Application Process and FeesThe fee payable for a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence will depend on what is being applied for:
- Small individual animals or small collections cost £235 plus the veterinary costs incurred (for both grant and renewal)
- Large individual animals or collections cost £285 plus the veterinary costs incurred (for both grant and renewal)
- Farms comprising of animals such as ostrich and wild boars cost £775 plus the veterinary costs incurred for the grant of the licence and £295 plus the veterinary costs incurred for each renewal
- To vary your Dangerous Wild Animal licence costs £230 plus the veterinary costs incurred.
- It would not be contrary to the public interest on the grounds of safety, nuisance or otherwise to grant the Licence
- 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 regards to the construction, size, temperature, lighting, ventilation, drainage and cleanliness, and which is suitable for the number of animals proposed to be held in the accommodation
- Animals are provided with adequate food, drink and bedding materials and will be visited at suitable intervals
- 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
- While any animal concerned is at the premises where it will normally be held, its accommodation is such that it can take adequate exercise.
Tacit ConsentTacit Consent does not apply to Dangerous Wild Animals Licences. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the us within a reasonable period, please contact us.
How to ApplyTo apply for a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence you must fill out the appropriate application form and return it to us at the address below:
- Download our Dangerous Wild Animals General Application Form
- Download our Dangerous Wild Animals Ostriches Application Form
- Download our Dangerous Wild Animals Ostriches Renewal Application Form
You will also need to make your payment by visiting our Make a Payment form and selecting Animal Licences from the drop down. The reference number will prefill for you but you will need to enter the amount. Please write your receipt number on your application form.