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Dangerous Wild Animal Licence

To keep certain of dangerous and exotic animals, individuals and businesses need to have a licence issued by the Council

Who needs a licence?

You need a licence if you plan to keep any animals listed in the Schedule attached to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

Businesses who are operating under the authority of a zoo, circus or pet shop licence are excluded from the licensing requirements.

 

Inspections

All premises will be inspected before the licence is granted.  The inspector will be looking to make sure the applicant has the following:

  • a specialist knowledge in the species that they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare (including the animals' mental and physical health, feeding and knowledge of environmental enrichment)
  • an understanding of risks involved in caring for the animal
  • The premises itself will also be assessed against recognised standards relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept.

 

Public register

Due to the sensitive nature of these licences, the Council will not publish information relating to the location of the licence holders.

 

Appeals and complaints

If you are refused a licence, you should discuss this with the inspecting officer who will explain why you have not been successful and what works are needed in order to enable the Council to issue a licence. 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received you should email your complaint to environmental.health@eastherts.gov.uk where it will be directed to an appropriate manager depending on the nature of your complaint.

 

How to apply

We aim to process all applications within 42 days, but applications can take up to 70 days (10 weeks) to process, therefore:

  • existing licence holders will need to apply to renew their licences at least 10 weeks before the expiry date of their existing licence in order to ensure continuity of cover
  • new applicants will need to apply for a licence at least 10 weeks before they plan to operate their business

In order for an application to be considered complete, a valid application form and fee must have been received.

Please note: if you are applying for a licence for the first time, you will be refused a licence if you cannot meet the required minimum prescribed standards.

The application costs are listed below but do not include additional vets charges.

  • Dangerous wild animals - £265.00

Tacit approval will not apply to this type of licence because it is in the public interest that East Herts Council must process your application before it can be granted.  If you have not heard from East Herts Council within a reasonable period, please contact us on 01279 655261 to discuss your application. 

  1. Please note, in order for a Dangerous Wild Animals licence to be granted, we will need to inspect the premises and the licence fee will need to be paid. Upon, application, we will be in touch to proceed with this.
  2. Your Contact Details
  3. Details of Premises and Animals
  4. Declaration
  5. Data Protection Clause
    1. For the purposes of current data protection laws the information you supply the Council as part of your application will be used for the purposes of dealing with your request and retained as per our published corporate data protection privacy policy which can be found on the East Herts District Council Data Protection page (this link opens in a new window).

      From time to time this information may be shared with other Council departments and / or outside partners to process your request as effectively as possible. Please confirm you have read the above privacy notice
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