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Dangerous and wild animals

You need a licence to keep animals that are considered dangerous. This includes monkeys, wild cats, and some types of snakes and spiders

Types of animal that need a licence include, apes and monkeys, wild cats, crocodiles, and some types of snake and spider. You can read the full list of wild animals you need a licence to keep here.

Hybrid or cross-bred animals may also need a licence. Licensing teamif you're not sure whether you need a licence for the animal you want to keep.

Before you start

  • You must be over 18 years old
  • You must have public liability insurance cover of at least £2,000,000
  • You must be the person who will own and keep the animal
  • Please contact the licensing team if you are not sure

How much it costs

Dangerous animals fees
Dangerous wild animal licence£428.50 plus vet inspection fees



The licence lasts for 2 years.

How to apply

Complete and return the application form with payment and original public liability insurance documents to the address shown on the form.

Icon for pdf Keeping wild animals application form [639.54KB]

You can pay by credit or debit card by phoning us on 01303 853660.

What happens next?

After reviewing the application we will aim to organise an inspection of the premises in 10 working days.

Premises inspection

We will carry out an inspection with a vet of the premises to make sure the animals will:

  • have suitable secure accommodation
  • have enough food, drink and bedding materials
  • have enough exercise
  • be protected against fire and other emergencies
  • be protected against disease
  • not cause a danger or nuisance to anyone

If the inspection is satisfactory, we will grant the licence.

If we refuse your application, we will write to you explaining the reasons why and how you can appeal.

Further inspections

We may carry out further inspections to check that you are meeting the licence conditions.

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