Licences for animal related businesses

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.

Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 

Government list of wild and dangerous animals

Animals for which you need a licence include:

  • Wild cats
  • Monkeys and apes
  • Wolves
  • Crocodiles
  • 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 or telephone on 020 8586 9739 for further information and an application.

Licence conditions

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.

Licence Renewal

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.