Dangerous animals licence

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This licence aims to ensure that where private individuals keep dangerous wild animals they do so in circumstances which do not create a risk to the public and which safeguard the welfare of the animals. Animals which are classified as "dangerous wild animals" are identified in an accompanying schedule to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. In addition to powers of inspection, the Act also gives the Council powers to seize any animal being kept on premises which are unlicensed.

Associated Legislation


Animals listed in the Schedule to the Act must be licensed by the the local authority.

Licences are issued by the relevant local authority, and will only be granted when the authority is satisfied that it would not be contrary to public interest on the grounds of safety or nuisance; that the applicant is a suitable person; and the animal's accommodation is adequate and secure.

Where the local authority grant a licence it shall impose conditions on the licence covering issues such as:

  • a requirement that the animal be kept only by a person or persons named on the licence;
  • restrictions on the movement of the animal from the premises as specified on the licence; and
  • a requirement that the licence holder has a current insurance policy which ensures both licence holders and others against any liability caused by the animal.

A review has been undertaken on behalf of the Government to examine the effectiveness of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, 1976. Details of this and the report can be found on the web The Government are currently considering the information in the report and the responses from the ensuing public consultation exercise. Proposals on how best to proceed will be issued as soon as possible as part of another public consultation exercise. A panel has been set up to advise on the animals that should be subject to control.

A dangerous wild animals licence is not required for:

  • Zoos
  • Circuses
  • Pet shops
  • Registered establishments for carrying out animal experiments,


Licence is valid for two years

Current Fee

£790.00 + Veterinary Inspection Fees

Further Information and to report any concerns

Email : animal.licensing@tmbc.gov.uk