The keeping of certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. See a list of species requiring a licence via: Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984.
Apply for an exotic, dangerous and wild animal licence
- complete the exotic, dangerous and wild animals licence application form
- return your form to the Public Protection Unit with the appropriate fee
- a vet will inspect your premises (you will be charged separately for this)
- planning permission may also be necessary
- if granted, your licence will be valid for 2 years
Animal health licence fees
Find out more about animal health licence fees for exotic, dangerous and wild animal licences.
How we process your application
We require time to process and consider your application before it can be granted.
In this case:
- you can't assume permission will be given
- we'll contact you within 28 days to acknowledge receipt of your application
- we consider the animals' welfare before issuing a licence
You can't act as if your application has been granted if we don't respond within expected timeframes.
If you haven't heard from us within 28 days, please contact us to check the status of your application.