Dangerous Wild Animals Licence

To keep a dangerous wild animal in Harlow, you need a licence from Harlow Council. Animals that are classified as 'dangerous wild animals' are identified in a schedule to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

Eligibility criteria

You must be over the age of 18 to apply for this licence.

You may not apply for a dangerous wild animals licence if you have ever been disqualified from any of the following:

  • keeping a pet shop
  • keeping any dangerous wild animal
  • keeping a riding establishment
  • keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • keeping a dog
  • having the custody of animals

Application process

Application forms and current fee are available from the Environmental Health Team via Contact Harlow.

Once an application has been received, Harlow Council will arrange for an inspection of the premises by an Council authorised officer. Before granting a licence, we must be satisfied that there are satisfactory arrangements in place for the safety and the welfare of the animals and that there will be no risk or nuisance to the public.

Can I appeal if my application is refused?

Please contact us in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence or wants to object to a condition on the licence can appeal to their local magistrates' court within 21 days of receiving notice of the decision.

Complaints about dangerous wild animals

If you wish to complain that a licence holder is causing a nuisance such as noise, or if you believe that there has been a breach of licence conditions, please contact us at Contact Harlow.

Alternatively you can report noise complaints online.