You must obtain a Dangerous Wild Animals licence and meet the conditions if you want to keep a dangerous wild animal. You must make sure it is kept in conditions which:
The animals requiring a licence before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 2007.
The Act does not apply to any dangerous wild animal kept in:
A person is regarded as the ‘keeper’ of the animal if they have it in their possession. They remain the ‘keeper’ and therefore are responsible for the animal, even if it escapes or it is being transported.
The applicant must:
Any applicant who has previously been disqualified from keeping any dangerous wild animal under the:
We will not grant a licence unless satisfied that:
Accommodation for animals is suitable with regard to:
The animals will be suitably:
You must complete the Dangerous wild animals - application form and send this with the correct payment. You can either complete it online or you can download the licence form and complete it by hand. Please follow these instructions on how to pay for your application.
We may use the information provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We also share this information for auditing purposes.
Once your completed application form is received, we send an officer to inspect the premises.
A veterinary inspection will also be required. The applicant will have to pay the relevant inspection fees.
For the current cost of a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence see the Licensing fees April 2015. A licence is valid for one year, and operates from 1st January to 31st December. You can apply at any time during that period. An applicant can also apply for a licence to be granted for the following calendar year.
The following conditions apply...
In addition to these conditions we may impose others as we think fit.
You must ensure that any insurance policy you take out provides sufficient cover against any damage which may be caused by the animal should it escape. The level of insurance will depend on many factors which may include the species and number of animals you wish to keep.
You may need other permissions in addition to those required from us.
These must be obtained before you begin your licensed activities.
Check if you need planning permission before you make a licence application by emailing email@example.com. Any change in the use of a property will require planning permission.
If you already have planning permission for the same use, you should check that your licence application does not break any condition attached to the planning permission. If your licence is granted, Planning Enforcement action will be taken against you if you do not have the right planning permission in place.
We will arrange for an authorised Veterinary Surgeon to undertake an inspection of the premises and produce a report, which we are legally obliged to consider when determining this application. The fee for this service is in addition to the standard licence fee. You are welcome to request that the premises are inspected by the vet you normally use for the treatment of your animals.
You must complete the Dangerous wild animals licence - renewal application form and send this with the correct payment. Please follow these instructions on how to pay for your application. For payment details see the Licensing fees April 2015
On certain occasions a vet may recommend that a licence is not issued.
If after consideration we agree and decide that a licence should not be issued, you have the right of appeal to the Magistrates Court against that decision.
You should make sure that all animals:
A wide range of different organisations respond to calls from members of the public about different animal welfare problems and it can be very confusing to know who to report different problems to. This includes the police, local authorities, the RSPCA and Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, but also includes social landlords and council teams whose primary responsibilities are not animal issues (e.g. social services).
Different bodies have different responsibilities and some have statutory powers to be able to take action. To ensure the best course of action is taken for an individual animal it is important that the right agency is contacted in the first instance.
The aim of this document is to provide an easy to understand guide of who to report different problems to so as to ensure the animal welfare issue is addressed as quickly as possible. It is hoped this document will be useful to not only members of the public but also those who deal with animal issues on a daily basis.
For further information see Who is responsible for what in Animal Welfare in our download section.
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