The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 aims to ensure that where private individuals keep dangerous wild animals that they do so in circumstances which create no risk to the public and which safeguard the welfare of the animals. No person may keep any dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a licence from their local authority. The animals for which a licence is required before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984
Applications for a licence must be made to the Local Authority, and a licence may be issued providing the applicant is not disqualified or has been convicted under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
The fee for such an application is £300.00 which included the cost of inspection carried out by the Council's authorised Veterinary Practitioner. Application forms and the standard conditions can be obtained by contacting us.
Once an application has been submitted the Council will arrange for an inspection to carried out by an authorised Veterinary Practitioner to ensure the welfare of the animals and the accommodation is suitable.
Before granting a licence the Licensing Inspector must be satisfied that:
Except in exceptional circumstances, the person making the application must be the person who owns and possesses or proposes to own and possess the animal to which the application applies.
Licences are renewable annually. Where a licence is granted that licence must be renewed before that date if the licence holder is to continue to keep the animal(s) named on the licence.