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Some wild animals are dangerous and controlled by law to protect the public.

Licence to keep dangerous wild animals

You need a licence to keep some dangerous wild animals. These include:

  • Wild cats
  • Primates
  • Wild dogs, such as wolves
  • Certain pigs, such as wild boar
  • Marsupials

You can find a list of wild animals that you need a licence for on the government's legislation website, under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 . You may also need a licence for some hybrid or cross-breed animals.

Applying for a new licence

To apply for a new licence, please contact us using the contact details on this page.  

New licence fees

Licence Application fee
Dangerous wild animals £554.83*

*a veterinary inspection fee is also payable for new dangerous wild animal licences, please contact us for further details.

There is a non-refundable application fee payable when you apply and an enforcement fee payable once the licence is granted. We cannot issue the licence until we receive the enforcement fee.

If you carry out more than one licensable activity, there is a fee of £50 for each additional activity. This assumes the licences are applied for and renewed at the same time for each activity, otherwise separate application and enforcement fees are payable for each activity.

Renewing your licence

We will write to you before your licence is due to expire to explain how to renew your licence.  You will need to submit your completed application at least ten weeks before your existing licence expires.  Please contact us for an application form. 

Renewal fees

Licence Renewal application fee
Dangerous wild animals £466.39

*a veterinary inspection fee is also payable for new dangerous wild animal licences, please contact us for further details.

There is a non-refundable application fee payable when you apply and an enforcement fee payable once the licence is granted. We cannot issue the licence until we receive the enforcement fee.

If you carry out more than one licensable activity, there is a fee of £50 for each additional activity. This assumes the licences are applied for and renewed at the same time for each activity, otherwise separate application and enforcement fees are payable for each activity.

Additional fees for these licences

  • Application for re-rating - £159.53
  • Transfer / variation - £15.10
  • Additional copy of licence - £5.92

For more information, please contact us using the contact details below.

Current licences

View a list of current animal activity licences and their star rating. 


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