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Dangerous and wild animal licences

The private keeping of certain wild animals is regulated through a licensing scheme.

A licence issued by a local authority is needed for any animals that appear on the Schedule to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

Email the licensing team at for an application form.

You will need to complete and return the application form with the application fee:

  • Dangerous wild animals: £618

Payment must be made through the council's online payment system. You can pay for more than one licence in a single transaction.

Once an application has been made, an inspection will be carried out by a licensing officer and vet. Please note there will be an additional charge for the vet inspection.