Dangerous wild animals licence
If you want to keep wild or dangerous animals in Newham that are listed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, you must have a licence, which is issued by The London Borough of Newham.
Animals for which you need a licence include:
- Wild cats
- Monkeys and apes
- Certain poisonous snakes
- Certain spiders.
You must have a licence before you obtain a dangerous wild animal.
If your animal is of mixed type or is cross-bred, you may still need a licence. If you are not sure whether you need a licence, are interested in obtaining a dangerous wild animal or wish to apply for a licence please email us at [email protected] or telephone on 020 8586 9739 for further information and an application.
Each licence will have conditions, which will vary depending on the type of animal. These conditions could include:
- Where you keep the animal
- Where you can move the animal to
- Public liability insurance.
- Who owns your premises, as please note some housing providers do not allow dangerous wild animals in their housing stock.
Dangerous wild animals: our inspections
The London Borough of Newham is the licensing authority for Newham. The first time you apply for a licence you will need an inspection by a council appointed vet and a council licensing inspector. They will ensure you comply with all the conditions under the legislation and may also inspect your premises at any time after we issue you a licence as part of the licence conditions. A Dangerous Wild Animals Licence is valid for two years.
If you already have a licence, we will write to you to tell you when you need to renew it.
If you are unsure if you require a licence please contact the animal welfare service before purchasing an animal to prevent potential legal action being taken or a warning being issued as this may affect you being able to apply for a licence in the future.