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Dangerous animal licences

Find out if you need a dangerous animals licence and how to apply.

Why you need a licence

If you want to keep a dangerous wild animal you will need a licence from your local council. You must get a licence before buying the animal.

This does not apply to circuses, zoos or pet shops.

Regulations

The  Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (opens in a new window) regulates the keeping of dangerous wild animals.

Animals mentioned in the act include:

  • wild boar
  • emu
  • ostrich
  • venomous snakes
  • capuchin monkeys

Check the list of dangerous animals (opens in a new window) if you are not sure if you need a licence.

Applying

You will need to complete an application form and return to your local council together with the fee.

Christchurch - Dangerous animals licence application form (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window). Application fee is £400

East Dorset - Dangerous animals licence application form (pdf, 26kb) (opens in a new window). Application fee is £400 

North Dorset - Dangerous animals licence application form (pdf, 46kb) (opens in a new window). For details of fees, see form.

Purbeck - Dangerous animals licence application form (pdf, 250kb) (opens in a new window). For details of fees, see form.

West Dorset - Dangerous animals licence application form (word, 1Mb) (opens in a new window). For details of fees, see form.

Weymouth and Portland - Dangerous animals licence application form (word, 646kb) (opens in a new window). For details of fees, see form.

The application process

We will check that:

  • you are a suitable owner
  • the location of the accommodation meets the required standards
  • the care for the animal meets the required standards
  • there is no safety risk

If granted, the licence will need annual renewal and a fee is payable. As well as the licence fee, the applicant may also have extra vets fees to pay.

Will tacit consent apply?

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

Refused applications

Please contact your local council in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates court.

Complaints

You should first make contact with the trader. This should  preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked and if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct (opens in a new window) will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre (opens in a new window)

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