You need a licence to keep some animals, eg:
- wild cats
- wild dogs, eg wolves
- certain pigs, eg wild boar
See the full list of animals you need a licence for.
Apply for a licence
All animal licences issued by the authority are determined by the Animal Welfare Officer based on principals of good animal welfare and veterinary advice. An inspection will be made before any application is granted.
Apply for a licence to keep a wild animal, complete and post to the address below:
Regulatory Services (Neighbourhoods)
Southampton City Council
Tel: 023 8083 2531
Will tacit consent apply?
No, an inspection will need to be made before any application is granted in order to safeguard animal welfare and public health and protection.
Failed application redress
Applicants may appeal to the West Hampshire Magistrates' Court against refusal to issue a licence or against conditions of the licence.