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Dangerous wild animals licence

Licence summary

A licence is required to keep a dangerous wild animal as prescribed by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. Further information is available from the Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Eligibility criteria

Persons convicted of an offence under this Act, the Protection of Animals Act 1911 or of an offence under any of sections 4, 5, 6(1) and (2), 7 to 9 and 11 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 are not eligible to apply.

Application process

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. We recommend applicants make contact with the Animal Welfare Officer before applying

Apply by post

Download form, complete and post to the address below:

Regulatory Services (Neighbourhoods)
Southampton City Council
Floor 5
One Guildhall Square
SO14 7FP

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.

Contact information