A licence is required to keep any dangerous wild animals. No person may keep any dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a license from their local authority.

See the full list of animals that you require a licence for.

Before a license is issued a veterinary surgeon will want to visit the premises and assess the animal to ensure that certain conditions are met. You will be charged for this visit. 

You must renew your licence after two years.

If you require further advice, contact Environmental Health at environmentalhealth@wirral.gov.uk


£430 (excluding vet fees)


To apply for a dangerous animal licence or to renew an existing licence, contact Environmental Health.

Processing and timescales

Once your application has been received with the correct fee, we will aim to visit your premises with a local vet within 14 days.


Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

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