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Birmingham City Council

Licensing Dangerous Wild Animals

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 aims to ensure that where private individuals keep dangerous wild animals they do so in circumstances which create no risk to the public and which safeguard the welfare of the animals. Animals which are classified as dangerous wild animals are identified in an accompanying schedule to the Act.

In addition to powers of inspection, the Act also gives the Council powers to seize any animal being kept on premises which are unlicensed. Zoos, pet shops and circuses are exempt from the provisions of the Act as these premises are subject to separate licensing requirements.

An annual inspection takes place upon renewal of the licence by the City's Senior Animal Welfare Officer. An inspection is also required by a veterinary surgeon.

You can apply for your Dangerous Wild Animal Licence online and pay by credit/debit card using the Dangerous Wild Animal Licence Online Form.

Once your application has been received you will be sent a payment reference number in order to pay for your application online by credit/debit card. To go directly to the payment page select the Licensing Online Payment Form

If you wish to download the form and complete it, a copy of the licence application is attached below. Completed forms should be sent to:

Animal Welfare,
Birmingham City Council,
PO BOX 15908,
Birmingham
B2 2UD

For advice or assistance telephone: 0121 303 6007 Fax: 0121 303 9901 or use our Online Form and select 'Animal Welfare' from the drop down list.