Anyone who wishes to keep a dangerous wild animal as defined in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 will need a licence issued by their district/borough council.
This does not apply to circuses, zoos or pet shops as these are covered by other legislation. Any person wishing to keep such an animal must obtain a licence before buying the animal.
Animals defined in the act include wild boar, emu, ostrich, venomous snakes and capuchin monkeys. The council will require that the applicant is suitable, the location of the accommodation and care for the animal meets standards and that there is no safety risk as defined in the act. The licence will require annual renewal if granted and a fee is payable.
- Dangerous wild animals licence application form – Christchurch [1Mb]
- Dangerous wild animals application form - East Dorset [26kb]
- Dangerous wild animal application - North Dorset [46kb]
- Dangerous wild animals licence application form - Purbeck District Council [212kb]
- Dangerous Wild Animal Application - Weymouth & Portland [26kb]