Dangerous animals

Types of animal that need a licence include, apes and monkeys, wild cats, crocodiles, and some types of snake and spider

Types of animal that need a licence include, apes and monkeys, wild cats, crocodiles, and some types of snake and spider. You can read the full list of wild animals you need a licence to keep here.

Before you start

You must have public liability insurance cover of at least £2,000,000.

Hybrid or cross-bred animals may also need a licence. Contact us if you're not sure whether you need a licence for the animal you want to keep.

How much it costs

Dangerous animals fees
Dangerous animals licence£410 plus vet's inspection fees


The licence lasts for 2 years. We'll automatically send you a renewal letter before your licence is due to expire.

How to apply

Download, complete, and return the application form with payment and original public liability insurance documents to the address shown on the form.

Icon for pdf Keeping wild animals application form [639.54KB]
Icon for pdf Wild animals guidance notes [126.39KB]

You can also pay by credit or debit card by phoning us on 01303 853660.

What happens next?

We'll get in touch if we need any additional information, otherwise we'll aim to process your application in 5 working days.

Bear in mind that part of processing your application involves consulting with various authorities such as the police, fire department, and environmental health, and in some circumstances they can take up to 28 days to fully review your application and get back to us.

After reviewing the application and receiving positive responses from consultees, we will aim to organise an inspection of the premises in 10 working days.

Premises inspection

An officer from our Environmental Health team and an approved vet will inspect your premises to make sure the animals:

  • have suitable accommodation
  • have enough food and drink
  • have enough exercise
  • are protected against fire
  • are protected against disease

If the premises pass inspection, we will grant the licence. The licence comes with conditions, which you can download on this page.

Further inspections

We will continue to inspect your premises while you keep licensed animals to make sure you meet the conditions of the licence.

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