Dangerous and wild animals
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.
Visit the DEFRA
website to view the full list of species which are now
controlled under the act.
The licence fee for 2012 to 2013 is £207.
How to apply
Download, complete and return the application form, enclosing
the correct fee.
Please note that the council will only grant this licence
- 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