Information about dangerous wild animal licences is under keeping a dangerous wild animal.
How to apply
If you want to keep an animal classed as dangerous, wild or exotic then you will need to apply for a dangerous wild animal licence.
You will need to print out and complete an application form and send this to us.
You will need to pay a fee for your licence. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.
You will also need to pay the vet's fee for inspecting the premises. We will ask you to pay this after the inspection has taken place.
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You will need to send us a current certificate of insurance for the business
You will need a chequebook or to telephone us with your credit or debit card details
Following your application we will arrange for a vet to inspect the premises.
The vet will send us their report and the licence will then either be granted and we'll send you your licence in the post or it may be refused or have additional conditions added to it.
If your application is likely to be refused or have additional conditions added we will contact you.
Renewing your licence
You will need to apply to renew a dangerous wild animal licence every two years if you are still keeping the animal.
What you can do if you haven't heard from us
It is in the public interest that we process your application before deciding if it can be granted. This means that you'll need to wait for our decision before you start operating. If after a month you haven't heard from us please contact us by email or telephone for an update.
What you can do if your application is unsuccessful
Please contact us to discuss why you have been refused a licence or if you think we have asked for an unreasonable condition.
If you are not happy with our decision, you can appeal to the magistrates court. A court may give directions on the issue of a licence or on any conditions imposed.
You can deliver your application to our offices.
If you would like to speak to us about your application then please telephone us to make an appointment.