Dangerous animals licence

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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:

  • create no risk to the public
  • safeguard the welfare of the animals.

The applicant must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • own, or propose to own, and possess all of the animals that are to be included on the licence. 

We will not grant a licence unless satisfied that:

  • it would not be contrary to the public interest on the grounds of safety, nuisance or otherwise
  • the applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence and is adequately insured
  • animals will be held in secure accommodation to prevent them from escaping

Accommodation for animals is suitable with regard to:

  • the construction and size of the quarters
  • temperature and lighting
  • ventilation
  • drainage and cleanliness
  • the number of animals proposed to be held in the accommodation.
  • appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of any animal in case of fire or other emergency
  • appropriate steps will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases.

The animals will be suitably:

  • fed
  • watered
  • supplied with adequate bedding material
  • visited at suitable intervals
  • exercised.


Who is responsible for what in Animal Welfare?

See guidance notes for Who is responsible for what in Animal Welfare.

We have an Animal Welfare Charter.

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Tuesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Wednesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Thursday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Friday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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Contact details

Post address:
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641951
Minicom: 01332 640666
Fax: 01332 643299
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street