Dangerous Wild Animal Licence

Licence Summary:

The keeping of certain species of wild and exotic animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act. No one may keep any dangerous wild animal listed in The Dangerous Wild Animals Act without first obtaining a licence from us. A licence will not be issued if the applicant is disqualified from consideration or has a conviction under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.


The application fee is £435 which is payable when the licence application is submitted. The applicant will also be required to pay the cost of vet inspections carried out by a Council authorised veterinarian.

Except in exceptional circumstances the person making the application must be:

  • the person who owns and possesses or
  • proposes to own and possess the animal(s) to which the application applies

Where a licence is granted, the licence (and any subsequent licences) will expire on 31 December every year. It must be renewed before that date if the licence holder intends to continue keeping the animal(s) named on the licence.

To request an application form, please email eh.admin@dartford.gov.uk or telephone 01322 343434. 

View the Dangerous Wild Animals Act on the legislation.gov.uk website.

For further information and to apply for a licence, please complete the application form and send it with the licence fee to:

Dartford Borough Council
Civic Centre
Home Gardens

Tel. 01322 343434
Online: Contact the E.H Admin Team