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Dangerous Wild Animals Licences are issued under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. The Act does not apply to zoos, circuses, pet shops or to establishments registered for carrying out animal experiments. There is a schedule attached to the Act which states what animals fall within the term 'dangerous wild animal'.

Ipswich Borough Council has a power of entry and inspection of premises which hold a licence. We may seize any dangerous wild animals which are being kept on the premises if the animal is unlicensed, or where any condition of the licence is not being complied with.

Aspects considered in respect of issuing a licence include:

  • the accommodation, which should be secure and suitable in respect of its construction, size, temperature, lighting, ventilation, draining and cleanliness;
  • the animal, which should be supplied with adequate and suitable food, drink and bedding material and must be visited at suitable intervals.
  • and the presence of emergency provisions, in case of fire or in cases of infectious disease. 

Your premises will also be inspected by a veterinarian for which a separate fee is payable.

You will need to apply online and pay the appropriate fee.

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Once granted, a licence is valid for two years

Contact Details

Licensing and Enforcement,
Ipswich Borough Council,
2E Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,
Ipswich,
IP1 2DE

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