Dangerous Wild Animals Licence
The Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976 aims to
ensure that where private individuals keep dangerous wild animals
they do so in circumstances which create no risk to public and
safeguard the welfare of the animals.
The Act does not apply to any dangerous wild
animals kept in a zoo; pet shop or registered scientific
establishment. These premises are registered under their own
Licences are required for any animal which
appears on the
Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 Schedule. Licences are
issued by Malvern Hills District Council and will only be granted
when the Council is satisfied that it would not be contrary to
public interest on the grounds of safety or nuisance; that the
applicant is a suitable person; and the animals’ accommodation is
adequate and secure. Licenses are issued for one year to be
renewed on 1 January of each year.
At additional cost to the applicant, we
arrange a veterinary inspection every year as the legislation
Where the council grants a licence, it will
impose conditions which cover issues such as:
A requirement that the animal be kept
only by a person or persons named on the licence;
- Restrictions on the movement of the animal from the premises as
specified on the licence; and
- A requirement that the licence holder has a
current insurance policy which ensures both licence holders and
others against any liability caused by the animal
Persons wishing to keep a dangerous wild
animal on their premises must make an application for a licence
from the Council if the animal is included in the
Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 Schedule.
For further information please contact:
Will Tacit Consent
No. It is in the public interest that the
authority must process your application before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable
please contact email@example.com.
| Apply by Post
Telephone or e-mail us to ask for an
application form, or download an application
Send the completed form with application
fee and proof of insurance to: Licensing, Malvern Hills
District Council, The Council Offices, Avenue Road, Malvern,
Worcestershire, WR14 3AF
Please contact your firstname.lastname@example.org
the first instance.
Any applicant who is refused a licence can
appeal to their local Magistrates' court.
Please contact email@example.com.
in the first instance.
Any licence holder who wishes to appeal
against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their
local Magistrates' court or, in Scotland, to their local
We would always advise that in the event of a
complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you -
preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that
has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice will give
you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should
one licence holder complain about another.
Please Note - Grant of a licence does
not mean that Malvern Hills District Council have given
planning permission: consent under town and country planning law
may still be required
Get help at:
Worcestershire Regulatory Services
Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House
Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AF DX: 17608
Customer Contact Centre 01527 881395
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please
start the subject heading with MHDC enquiry)