This section provides information about licences to keep exotic, dangerous or wild animals.
The keeping of certain wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
No person on the islands may keep any dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a licence from the Council.
The animals for which a licence is required before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animal Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984. You can see the list on this link page: Dangerous wild animals Opens in a new window
Applications for a licence must be made to the Local Authority, and a licence may be issued providing the applicant is not disqualified or has been convicted under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
There is an application fee payable at the time an application is made, currently this fee is £200.00 for an application and £26.00 for the issue of a licence. The applicant will also be required to pay the cost of inspections carried out by an authorised veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.
Except in exceptional circumstances the person making the application must be the person who owns and possesses or proposed to own and possess the animal to which the application applies.
where a licence is granted that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31st December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the licence holder is to continue to keep the animal(s) named on the licence.
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