Chelmsford City Council

Dangerous wild animals

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You will need a licence if you want to keep a dangerous wild animal.

To apply for a dangerous wild animal licence, you need to:

  • be over 18

  • tell us your name, address and contact details

  • provide information about:

  • where you will keep the animal

  • the species of animal you want to keep, including its scientific name

  • how many animals you want to keep

  • the accommodation for the animal    

  • the food the animal will need and where you will get it from

  • your insurance policy, including the company name and your policy number         

  • agree to comply with all objectives and conditions stated on the application form
  • pay the fee of £329.20

Once we receive your application, we will:

  • decide if we need a veterinary inspection of your premises as part of the application process. If we need this inspection, you will have to pay for it
  • issue our decision within three months of receiving your application and payment
  • add your licence details to the dangerous wild animals public register        

If we do not grant you a licence, we will not refund your fee.


Renew your licence

Your licence is valid from 1 January to 31 December, regardless of when we grant it. You need to renew your licence every year, before the current licence expires.


Appeal our decision

If you disagree with our decision about your animal licence or a condition attached to the licence, you can appeal.

However, before you appeal you need to contact us so that we can explain why we made that decision. 

You need to appeal within six months of receiving our decision.

You need to appeal in writing to:

Chelmsford Magistrates' Court and Family Court Hearing Centre
Court Administration Centre
PO Box 10754

When you appeal, you need to give details of the licence, and why you disagree with our decision.

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    Last updated: 24 March 2022

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