Licence - Dangerous Wild Animals
How we provide this service
Information about licences for dangerous wild animals is supported by Environmental Services, Food Safety & Licensing.
If you wish to keep a dangerous or exotic wild animal you may need a licence which is issued by this council. (This does not apply to a circus, zoo or pet shop which are covered by other legislation.) Examples of animals needing licensing can be found on the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website, section Dangerous Wild Animals Act.
What to do to get this service
Before granting a licence the Licensing Officer will need to be satisfied that:
- the applicant is a suitable person to keep the animal;
- the location and type of the accommodation is suitable;
- care for the animal complies with appropriate standards;
- the animal does not pose a safety or nuisance risk.
You will be required to pay the cost of the necessary inspections carried out by the council's authorised veterinary surgeon as part of your application and you will also be required to have a yearly veterinary inspection.
Download and complete a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence application form (PDF, 6KB), sign the form to confirm that you will pay the fees for the vet's inspection and enclose the necessary fee. These licences are renewed on a calendar year basis and there is a renewal fee. We also require a yearly vet's inspection .
If you need further advice, contact the licensing team.
How much will it cost?
Dangerous Wild Animals £265.00 (Plus vets charges as applicable)
Please note that refunds of licence fees are not normally given. Only in exceptional circumstances, as deemed by the Licensing Manager, will a refund be considered. Any refunds given may be subject to an administration charge, which is usually 50% of the application fee.
How long will the whole process take?
On receipt of your application form and fee we can start to process your application.
There will be a consultation period of 14 days with responsible authorities.
A licensing inspection, and if necessary a veterinary inspection, will be carried out.
Upon satisfactory completion of these processes a licence will be issued.
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