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Dangerous and Wild Animals Licence

If you wish to keep an animal considered to be wild, dangerous or exotic, you will need to obtain a licence under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

The purpose of this licence is to make sure that there is no risk posed to the public, and to safeguard the welfare of the animals.

Animals can include, but not limited to:

  • Wild cats
  • Primates
  • Wild dogs, such as wolves
  • Certain pigs, such as wild boars
  • Marsupials

See the full list of animals you need a licence for.

How to Apply

To apply for a Dangerous Wild Animal licence, please download and complete the application form below, and then submit your completed application form, along with other relevant documentation.


Eligibility Criteria

Where a person is convicted of an offence under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 or under:

  • Protection of Animals Act 1911-64
  • Pet Animals Act 1951
  • Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • Riding Establishments Act 1964-70
  • Breeding of Dogs Act 1973
  • The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

The Court may cancel any licence that they may hold.

How much does a licence cost?

The licence fees normally change annually. For this year's fee please view the fee information.

Veterinary and other costs reasonably incurred in considering any application will be invoiced after consideration of any application. When you receive your invoice the payment methods are detailed on the back of all invoices and reminders. The options include: pay by phone, by post or in person at Dudley Council Plus.

How long will my application take to process?

We aim to process your application as soon as possible. We will confirm for all electronic applications via email that we have received your application. Please contact us if you have any queries about the process.

How long does a Licence last?

A Licence lasts for a maximum of 2 years, ending on the 31st December each year. Licences must be renewed before their expiry if the Licence holder is to continue to keep the animal(s) named on the Licence.

If the application to renew the Licence is received before the Licence expires, the Licence will remain in force until the new Licence is granted or refused. If the Licence is granted, it will commence from the date of expiry of the previous Licence.

In the event of the death of anyone to whom a Licence has been granted, the Licence shall continue in force for a period of 28 days as if it had been granted to the personal representatives of the deceased. After a period of 28 days, the Licence expires, unless the application is made for a new Licence within that time, in which case it continues until the new application is determined.

Your Rights of Appeal

A licence may be refused, cancelled or revoked for several reasons (please note that not all the restrictions are relevant to all licences). The courts may disqualify applicants from holding an animal licence for a set period of time:

  • If the applicant is under 18.
  • If the applicant has been disqualified from holding an animal licence or keeping an animal.
  • If conditions of the licence are not met.

Additionally, veterinary surgeons and practitioners, local authority officers, or competent persons authorised by the local authority may inspect licensed premises and any animals found there at any reasonable time. Unlicenced premises may be inspected by applying for a warrant.

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which the licence is subject, may appeal to the Magistrates Court and the Courts may give such direction regarding the licence and its conditions as it thinks proper.

Animal Welfare Concerns

We will investigate complaints of poor animal welfare conditions in a commercial business or if you suspect someone is operating a business without a licence within the Dudley Borough. If you have a general concern about the welfare of an animal, please contact us via the Animal Welfare Advice and Complaints form.

Alternatively you can report the matter directly to the RSPCA.

  • For further information please contact us.

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