Apply for a dangerous wild animal licence
You’ll need a licence if you want to keep any dangerous wild animals. You must be over 18 to hold a dangerous wild animals (DWA) licence.
A licence costs £598 and lasts for 2 years. You'll also have to pay for a specialist vet to inspect your premises, we'll arrange this.
What animals you can keep
If you're unsure if you need a DWA licence for the animal you want to keep, email [email protected].
Before we grant a licence
Before we grant a licence, an authorised vet and council officers must inspect the premises where the animals are to be kept.
We’ll only grant a licence if we’re satisfied that:
- you’re a suitable person
- the animal’s accommodation is adequate and secure
- animal welfare needs are being met
- there are no public safety issues
How to apply
Apply for a dangerous wild animals licence, PDF, 42.9KB
With your application, you’ll need to provide:
- the address where the animals will be kept
- the number and species of animals
- a plan with the description and dimensions of accommodation to be used
- details of your qualifications and experience of keeping such animals
- the security arrangements you’ll have in place
- details of your insurance policy to cover liability for damage caused by the animals
- the application fee
Pay the fee
Do not send cash or cheques. We'll contact you for payment when we have verified your application.
Make a change to your licence
You can make a change, or variation, to your dangerous wild animal licence.
There may be additional vet fees to pay depending on what you want to change, for example if you wanted to add a new type of animal to your licence
Email [email protected] to discuss your requirements with a licensing officer.
If you do not have a licence
If you do not have a licence:
- the animal could be confiscated
- you could be prosecuted
Contact the animal licensing team
Email [email protected]