Dangerous wild animals licence
You need a licence to keep some animals considered to be wild, dangerous or exotic.
This may include:
- wild cats
- wild dogs, for example wolves
- certain pigs, for example wild boar
You can ask for more information about the licence and its conditions before applying.
Apply for a licence
You must apply for a licence before getting the animal or you could be prosecuted.
To request an application form phone 01634 333 333.
We will inspect your premises before giving you a licence. You’ll need to show that the animals you look after are:
- kept in suitable accommodation
- provided with adequate food, drink and bedding
- regularly exercised
- safeguarded in an emergency
- protected from infectious disease
If your licence application is refused
You will not be given a licence if you’ve been convicted of any animal welfare offences or do not meet the criteria to keep a wild animal.
If you feel you have been wrongly refused a licence, you can appeal to the Magistrate's Court.
Renew your licence
You must renew your licence to keep a dangerous wild animal every two years.