Wild animal licence

We license and inspect establishments keeping dangerous wild animals.

There is a list of animals which are classed as dangerous wild animals. This can be seen on Defra's website >>

Licences are required for any animal which appears on the schedule of the act.

pdf icon Application for a licence to keep dangerous wild animals [158kb]

We inspect establishments housing dangerous wild animals and then grant licences. Licences are renewed bi-annually and our veterinary surgeon from the approved list inspects premises.  Premises are also inspected by authorised officers of the council.

The vet's fee will be paid by the applicant. Our vet will examine the animals and the accommodation in which they are kept.

We liaise with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue to ensure fire precautions are adequate. It is possible that an inspection of the premises will be carried out by the Fire Officer. We also check with our development management team regarding any necessary planning permission.

The licence we issue can include a number of conditions. We add these conditions with the aim of ensuring high standards of animal care and health and safety. New establishments should meet all licence conditions as a basic standard. However, existing establishments may need to phase in improvements over an agreed time period.


Please contact us in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a refused licence or a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.