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Apply for the exotic, dangerous or wild animals licence

The keeping of certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

No person may keep any dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a licence from their local authority.

The animals for which a licence is required before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984.

Application form and instructions

To obtain an exotic, dangerous or wild animals licence, you should:

  1. Fill in the exotic, dangerous or wild animals application form. You can also use our online form to request we post these to you.
  2. Sign the form and attach the relevant fee.
  3. Return the completed form and fee to Licensing Team, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DB

Application fee

There is an application fee which must be paid at the time an application is made. The fee is currently £362.00. This can be paid by cash, cheque or credit card.

Processing times

We aim to process all licence requests within ten working days.

Licence renewals

Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31st December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as an animal boarding establishment. We will contact the Licensee one month prior to the licence expiring.

Reviewing your application

After receiving your application, a member of staff will review it to ensure it has been completed and contains the relevant fee. If your application, for whatever reason, is deemed incomplete it will be returned to you for correction.

Before granting a licence, our team must be satisfied that:

  1. It is not contrary to the public interest to do so on the grounds of safety, nuisance or other grounds
  2. The applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence to keep the animals listed on the application
  3. The animals(s) will be kept in accommodation that prevents its escape and is suitable in respect of construction, size, temperature, drainage and cleanliness
  4. That the animal(s) will be supplied with adequate and suitable food, drink and bedding material and be visited at suitable intervals.
  5. Appropriate steps will be taken to ensure the protection of the animal(s) in case of fire or other emergency
  6. All reasonable precautions are taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases
  7. The animal(s) accommodation is such that it can take adequate exercise
  8. Where the we issue a licence, that licence will be subject to such conditions as we see fit and in each case these conditions will specify that:
    1. Only the person named on the licence shall be entitled to keep the animal.
    2. The animal shall only be kept on the premises named on the licence.
    3. The animal shall not be moved or may only be moved in accordance with conditions specified in the licence. 
    4. The licensee must hold a current insurance policy, approved by ourselves, which insures against liability for damage caused by the animal. 
    5. Only the species and number of animals listed on the licence may be kept. 
    6. The licensee shall make a copy of the licence and its contents available to any other person listed on the licence as being able to look after the animal.
  9. We may at any time revoke or amend any licence condition apart from those covered by 8a) to 8f) above.

The decision

If the inspection is approved, the licence will be issued. If, however, the inspection is not approved then the licence will go before a committee who will decide whether to grant the licence or not. If you are unhappy with the decision made, you do have the right to appeal.

Licence enforcement    

Anybody found guilty of keeping an animal covered by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, without a licence to do so, or anybody found guilty of failing to comply with any licence condition shall be subject to a fine of up to £2,000.

Any person found guilty of obstructing or delaying an inspector or authorised veterinary practitioner or veterinary surgeon shall be subject to a fine of up to £2,000.

Where a person keeps an animal without a licence or where a person fails to comply with a licence condition, our inspectors may seize the animal and may either retain it or have it destroyed or disposed of (to a zoo or elsewhere) without compensation to the owner.

Where we incur any expense in seizing, retaining or disposing of an animal, then the person who was the keeper of the animal will be liable for these costs.

Licensing team

Contact the Licensing Team online >
Tel: 01522 873564
City Hall
Beaumont Fee
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