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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Wild dogs, eg wolves
- Certain pigs, such as wild boar
You can find the full list in the legislation.