Dangerous and wild animals

Who To Contact

Environmental Health and Consumer Protection Service
Yorkon Building
Archway Road
Huyton
L36 9FB

Telephone: 0151 443 4712

Fax Number: 0151 443 5438

Email:environmentalhealth@knowsley.gov.uk

The private keeping of certain wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

The private keeping of certain wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

You cannot keep any dangerous or wild animal without first obtaining a licence from the council.

This does not apply to dangerous or wild animals kept in a zoo, circus or pet shop, as these are regulated by other acts.

The full list of species which are now controlled under the Act is here

Fees

The licence fee for 2016 to 2017 is £207. License is renewed every two years.

How to apply

Download, complete and return the application form, enclosing the correct fee.

Please note that the council will only grant this licence if:

  • We are satisfied that  it would not be contrary to public interest on the grounds of safety or nuisance;
  • The applicant is a suitable person; and
  • The animal's accommodation is adequate and secure.

Please contact us if you would like further information or advice.

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