Dangerous Wild Animals

Animal Welfare licence

Dangerous Wild animals Act 1976

Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 aims to ensure that where private individuals keep dangerous wild animals they do so in circumstances which create no risk to the public and which safeguard the welfare of the animals.

Animals which are classified as "dangerous wild animals" are identified in a schedule in the Act.

The current application fee is £350.00 + vet fees

In addition to powers of inspection, the Act also gives the Council powers to seize any animal being kept on premises which are unlicensed.

Zoos, pet shops and circuses are exempt from the provisions of the Act as these premises are subject to separate licensing requirements.

Please Note:

If you have a complaint regarding an individual which you think may be keeping wild animals unlicensed please contact the Licensing Office to enable us to undertake an investigation.