Dangerous wild animals licence
If you want to keep wild or dangerous animals that are listed by under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, you must have a licence, which is issued by us.
Animals for which you need a licence include:
- Wild cats
- Monkeys and apes
- Certain poisonous snakes
- Certain spiders.
If your animal is of mixed type or is cross-bred, you may still need a licence. If you’re not sure whether you need one or not, complete our online enquiry form.
You must have a licence before you obtain a dangerous wild animal.
The cost of a licence is £350, with an additional charge for the cost of an examination by a vet as this is a legal requirement.
After you submit your application, make a note of the reference number and write it on the back of a cheque payable to the London Borough of Newham.
Send your cheque to:
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 provides do not allow dangerous wild animals in their housing stock.
Dangerous wild animals: our inspections
We will inspect your premises, with a vet , before we agree to give you a licence. We may also inspect your premises at any time after we issue you a licence as part of the licence conditions.
All licences last for two years, and they run from January until December the following year.
Renew a licence to keep a dangerous wild animal
If you already have a licence, we will write to you to tell you when you need to renew it.
To renew your licence, you can complete the application form online.
Then send a cheque with your application renewal reference number to:
It is your legal responsibility to make sure that you have a current licence.