Dangerous Wild Animals

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 regulates the keeping of certain kinds of animals. The Act does not apply to zoos, circuses, pet shops or to registered establishments for carrying out animal experiments, but, with those exceptions, it is an offence to keep any animal of a kind listed in the schedule of the Act without a licence from the Local Authority.

All keepers of licenced Dangerous Wild Animals must comply with Rochford District Councils standard conditions for Dangerous Wild Animals and may be subject to additional conditions as specified by the council.

For a list of the animals on the schedule of the Dangerous Wild Act 1976 please see the Related Content.


Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

Issuing Department


Financial Requirements

Please contact the Councils Animal Welfare Officer on 01702 318057 for details. 

Expiry Date

Following the Legislative Reform (Dangerous Wild Animals)(Licencing) Order 2010, all Dangerous Wild Animal Licences are now valid for 2 calendar years from the date that they are granted.

Renewal Of Licences

It is an offence to keep a dangerous wild animal, as listed on the schedule, without a current licence. Therefore licence holders must apply for renewal of their licence at least 2 months before their licence expires.