Dangerous Wild Animals Licence

Anyone wishing to keep a dangerous wild animal in Oxford will require a licence from us.

Animals which are classified as "dangerous wild animals" are set out in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (modification) order 2007 No 1437, which came into force on 1st Oct 2007. This list of species consists mainly of animals not native to the UK. However, it cannot be assumed that all animals liable to cause harm appear on the list, as some do not.

The purpose of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 is to prevent harm to humans from escaped animals and  provide measures of protection for the captive animals.


You must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of application:

  • Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976
  • Protection of Animals Act 1911 & 1964
  • Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act 1912 & 1964
  • Pet Animals Act 1951
  • Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • Riding Establishment Act 1964 & 1970
  • Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 

Application Form

Use the application form below to apply for a licence. 

Dangerous Wild Animals Application Form

To be valid, an application must be made by someone over 18, who have not been disqualified from keeping any dangerous wild animal. 

Upon receipt of a valid application the Council must be satisfied that:

  • Granting the licence is not contrary to the public interest on the grounds of safety or nuisance.
  • The applicant is a suitable person to hold the licence.
  • The animal's accommodation is escape-proof and of suitable construction, size, temperature, lighting, ventilation and drainage.

Once an application has been received, the Council will arrange for an inspection of the premises by an authorised officer. The findings of this report will be considered before a licence is granted.

Licences will come into force immediately once granted and are renewable after two years.

Number of Licences Issued

There are currently no Dangerous Wild Animal Licences issued in Oxford.

Fees and Charges

Annual fee: £465.00 plus vets fee.

This fee does not include any vet's fees that may be incurred. If needed, specialist advice will be sought from a veterinary surgeon. Any costs associated with this will be passed on to the applicant.

Fees are reviewed every year and were correct at time of publication.