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Dangerous wild animals licence

Keeping dangerous wild animals (including wild cats and dogs) requires a licence. Hybrid or cross-bred animals may also require a licence, depending on how far removed the animal is from its wild ancestor.

Zoos, pet shops and circuses are not included under this licence as these premises are subject to separate licensing requirements.

It is a criminal offence to keep a dangerous wild animal without a licence and, if convicted, you could be given a £5,000 fine.

Apply for a licence (PDF)

If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal to a magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision.

For more information see:

  • our fees page for the relevant fee
  • our online Licence Register where all applications and licences are recorded 
  • GOV.UK for the rules about keeping dangerous wild animals