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Dangerous animals

No person may keep any dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a licence from their local authority.

The animals for which a licence is required before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2007.


There is an application fee payable at the time an application is made. Currently this fee is £390 plus veterinary fees.

The applicant will also be required to pay the cost of inspections carried out by the council's authorised veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.

Duration of licence

The licence will expire on 31 December each year, irrespective of when the application is submitted or when the licence is granted.

Except in exceptional circumstances, the person making the application must be the person who owns and possesses or proposes to own and possess the animal to which the application applies.

Contact us to apply

Tel: 01744 676299
Email: Environmental Health