On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
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 Forest Heath District Council or St Edmundsbury Borough 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
In west Suffolk there are two licensing authorities, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough council.
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.
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.