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Animal welfare licensing

Keeping dangerous animals

You must have a licence if you want to keep some animals that are classed as dangerous wild animals. This is a list of dangerous wild animals (opens new window).

You can apply online for a licence by completing this form. A licence currently costs £335.00 and can be paid via our online payment system (select Other Payments / Environmental Health - Licenses / Dangerous Wild Animals Licence ). Alternatively you can  print off and return a paper copy to us (PDF) [21KB] (opens new window) .

We will visit you with a vet to make sure you have taken measures to ensure:

  • The welfare of the animal
  • The animal poses no danger to the public

A licence lasts for two years. Make sure you renew your licence before the expiry date.

Contact the Environmental Health team for more details.

Last modified on 28 May 2024

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