Dangerous wild animal licence

You may need a licence to keep certain wild animals. This is to ensure that animal welfare standards and health and safety regulations are met. When a new or renewal application is made, a vet will need to make an inspection. The fees for this inspection will be recharged to the applicant. See the full list of animals you need a licence for


A dangerous, wild animal licence from West Suffolk Council is £250 (this licence is for two years).


You will need a licence from the licensing authority where the animal is kept. If you do not know who that is, visit: GOV.UK - Find your local council

Application form for the grant of a licence to keep a dangerous wild animal

How long is my licence valid for?

A licence is valid for two years from 1 January to 31 December. There is no reduction in costs for licences issued part way through the period.

Dangerous wild animals licence conditions

Does tacit authorisation apply?

No, because it is in the interest of public safety that your application is fully processed before a decision is reached.