The keeping of certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. The animals for which a licence is required before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (No2) Order 2007.
Persons wishing to keep a dangerous wild animal must first obtain a licence.
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.
A licence lasts for a maximum of two years and must be renewed before expiry if the licence holder is to continue to keep the animal(s) named on the licence.
Application forms can be downloaded from Associated documents below. Completed application forms should be sent, with the fee, to the relevant local authority:
West Berkshire: Licensing, Council Offices, Market St, Newbury, RG14 5LD or scanned and emailed to Licensing@westberks.gov.uk
Wokingham: Licensing, Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1WW or scanned and emailed to: Licensing@wokingham.gov.uk
Bracknell Forest Council: Licensing, Bracknell Forest Council, Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell RG12 1JD or scanned and emailed to: Licensing@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Please view the current licensing Fees and charges to find out how much you will need to pay.
For Wokingham and West Berkshire applications, to pay by debit or credit card please use the dedicated payment line number 0330 131 9742 and then select Option 2. If paying by cheque please make payable to West Berks Council.
For a Bracknell Forest application, if you are paying by cheque please make your cheque payable to West Berks Council and post it to Applications Team, Public Protection Partnership, Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD