A licence must be obtained before keeping a dangerous wild animal or setting up a zoo.

Legislation

Zoos

Zoo Licensing Act 1981

The legislation is complex so in order to clarify whether you need a licence, you should contact the Animal Health Team.

Dangerous Wild Animals

Keeping certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and require a licence.

Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976

Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2007

Legislative Reform (Dangerous Wild Animals) (Licensing) Order 2010

Kinds of Dangerous Wild Animals

Animal welfare regulations includes other animal licences.

Contact Animal Health