A licence is required to keep an animal considered to be wild, dangerous or exotic under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. This licence does not cover animals kept in a zoo or circus.

You must make sure the animal is kept in conditions which:

  • create no risk to the public
  • safeguard the welfare of the animals

We do not currently have any licensed dangerous wild animals in the borough.

Before you make your application

Make sure you understand the process and can meet the standard conditions (which will be made specific to your premises). Please email envhealth@cheltenham.gov.uk with a contact number and details of your plans and an officer will contact you to discuss the proposal before you incur any expense.

Which animals need a licence?

Animals you need a licence for include:

  • Wild cats
  • Primates
  • Wild dogs such as wolves
  • Certain pigs, such as wild boar
  • Marsupials
  • Crocodiles

You can find the full list in the legislation.