Anyone who wishes to keep and house a dangerous wild animal will need a licence
from their local authority under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (1976 Act).
The number of animals along with the type that may be accommodated will be specified
on the licence along with other specific conditions.
Falkirk Council may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to
inspect licensed premises.
A licence will be issued for one year starting from the date the licence is granted
by the authority.
Applicants must be over the age of 18 years of age. The 1976 Act prohibits Falkirk
Council from granting a licence unless it is it satisfied that:
- it is not contrary to the public interest on the grounds of safety, nuisance
or otherwise to grant the licence
- the applicant for the licence is a suitable
person to hold a licence under this Act
- any animal concerned will at all times
of its being kept only under the authority of the licence
- be held in accommodation
which secures that the animal will not escape, which is suitable as regards construction,
size, temperature, lighting, ventilation, drainage and cleanliness and which is
suitable for the number of animals proposed to be held in the accommodation
- (be supplied with adequate and suitable food, drink and bedding material and be
at suitable intervals
- appropriate steps will at all such times be taken for
the protection of any animal concerned in case of fire or other emergency
reasonable precautions will be taken at all such times to prevent and control the
spread of infectious diseases
- while any animal concerned is at the premises
where it will normally be held, its accommodation is such that it can take adequate
Application evaluation process
A fee will be payable for applications and if the licence is granted, conditions
may be attached.
|Dangerous Wild Animals Licence
||£90 plus Vet's fee
The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated.
- Conditions that, while any animal concerned is being kept only under the authority
of the licence.
- The animal shall be kept by no person other than such person
or persons as is or are specified (whether by name or description) in the licence.
- The animal shall normally be held at such premises as are specified in the
- (The animal shall not be moved from those premises or shall only be
moved from them in such circumstances as are specified in the licence.
person to whom the licence is granted shall hold a current insurance policy which
insures him and any other person entitled to keep the animal under the authority
of the licence against liability for any damage which may be caused by the animal.
- The terms of any such policy shall be satisfactory in the opinion of the authority.
- Conditions restricting the species (whether one or more) of animal, and number
of animals of each species, which may be kept under the authority of the licence.
- A condition that the person to whom the licence is granted shall at all reasonable
times make available a copy of the licence to any person entitled to keep any animal
under the authority of the licence.
- Such other conditions as in the opinion
of the authority are necessary or desirable for the purpose of securing the objects
specified in paragraphs (c) to (f) of subsection (3) of this section. The period
of validity of a licence for dangerous wild animals is a maximum of two calendar
The provisions of this Act shall not apply to any dangerous wild animal kept in:
- a zoo within the meaning of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 for which a licence is in
force (or is not for the time being required) under that Act
- a circus
- premises licensed
as a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
- a place which is a designated establishment
within the meaning of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that Falkirk Council must process your application
before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from us within 28 days, please contact us.
How to apply
To apply, change or renew a dangerous wild animal licence you can complete the form
below and send it to Falkirk Council by email or post:
- Apply to obtain or renew a dangerous wild animal licence
Failed application and licence holder redress
Please contact us in the first instance.
If you wish to appeal against a decision of a local authority in Scotland you may
do so to the local sheriff. Appeals must be made within 21 days of the date you
received notification of the decision in writing.
If you have a complaint, please contact the trader first, preferably in writing.
If you do this by letter, make sure you get proof of delivery.
If you’ve done this and feel your complaint still hasn’t been resolved, contact the
Citizens Advice Bureau.
But if you do not live in the UK, you’ll need to contact the
UK European Consumer Centre.
For example; complaints about noise, pollution, etc should be directed to Environmental Health:
Anybody found guilty of keeping an animal covered by the Dangerous Wild Animals
Act 1976 without a licence to do so or anybody found guilty of failing to comply
with any licence condition shall be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,000.
Any person found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector or Authorised Veterinary
Practitioner or Veterinary Surgeon shall be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,000.
Where a person keeps an animal without a licence or where a person fails to comply
with a licence condition, officers from Falkirk Council may seize the animal and
may either retain it or have it destroyed or disposed of (to a zoo or elsewhere)
without compensation to the owner.
Where Falkirk Council incurs any expense in seizing, retaining or disposing of an
animal then the person who was the keeper of the animal shall be liable for those