New legislation came into force on 1 October 2018 and changed the way licences are issued and administered. Learn more about this legislation change.

Dangerous wild animal licences are issued for the keeping on premises of any animal listed in the schedule of 'dangerous wild animals' attached to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. The act does not apply to zoos, circuses, pet shops or establishments registered for carrrying out animal experiments. Application for a licence must be made and the accommodation approved before the animal is recieved.

Before a licence is issued the proposed accommodation will be inspected by an appointed veterinary surgeon to assess the suitability of the accommodation and the adequacy of welfare provision. The applicant will be responsible for paying the veterinary inspection fees. Conditions are attached to licences.

The council has a power of entry and inspection to the premises which hold a licence and may seize any licensed animal where the conditions of licence are not being complied with. There are also powers of seizure of unlicensed animals.

Due to the nature of the requirements for animals that come within the scope of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act Animal Wardens will be accompanied by a veterinary who has suitable knowledge of the relevant species. All veterinary fees incurred by the authority in respect to the licence application will be recoverable at cost.
Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website and the DEFRA website.

Licence application forms & guidance notes




Return your application form to:


Animal Welfare
Brighton & Hove City Council
2nd Floor Bartholomew House
Bartholomew Square


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