The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and a schedule included with the Act contain a list of the various animals classed as "dangerous wild animals". In addition to powers of inspection, the Act also gives the council powers to seize any animal being kept on premises which are unlicensed. Zoos, pet shops and circuses are exempt from the provisions of the Act as these premises are subject to separate licensing requirements.
The keeping of certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. This specifies that no person may keep a dangerous wild animal without having first obtained a licence from their local authority.
Animals requiring a licence are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984.
Applications for a licence must be made to the council, and a licence may be issued providing the applicant is not disqualified or has been convicted under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. An application fee is payable at the time of application. The applicant will also be required to pay the cost of inspections carried out by the council's authorised veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.
For further information, please Contact Consumer and Environmental Services