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Dangerous Wild Animal Licence

Licence summary

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976 aims to ensure that where private individuals keep dangerous wild animals they do so in circumstances which create no risk to the public and safeguard the welfare of the animals.  

The Act does not apply to any dangerous wild animals kept in a zoo; pet shop or registered scientific establishment.  These premises are registered under their own specific legislation..

Eligibility Criteria Where the Council grants a licence, it will impose conditions which cover issues such as:
  • a  requirement that the animal be kept only by a person or persons named on the licence;
  • restrictions on the movement of the animal from the premises as specified on the licence; and
  • a requirement that the licence holder has a current insurance policy which ensures both licence holders and others against any liability caused by the animal.
At additional cost to the applicant, we arrange a veterinary inspection every year as the legislation requires.
Regulation Summary

Licences are required for any animal which appears on the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 Schedule

Application Evaluation Process Licences are issued by Wyre Forest District Council and will only be granted when the Council is satisfied that it would not be contrary to public interest on the grounds of safety or nuisance; that the applicant is a suitable person; and the animals' accommodation is adequate and secure.

 
Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Apply online Apply for a Licence to keep Dangerous Wild Animals
Licences have to be renewed on 1 January each year.
Failed Application Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

If an application for renewal is refused or a registration is cancelled the operator may appeal to the local Magistrates court.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

If an application for renewal is refused or a registration is cancelled the operator may appeal to the local Magistrates court.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Advice Guide from Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

Anyone suffering nuisance due to noise, smells or similar because of a commercial premises should contact us

Trade Associations

None


 

 

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