Dangerous wild animals
The Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA) Act 1976 was introduced in response to public concern about the keeping of dangerous pets, especially big cats. The act aims to ensure that where individuals keep these pets, they do so in circumstances which create no risk to the public and safeguard the welfare of the animal.
Licences are required for any animal which appears on a schedule to the Act. You must apply for a licence if you wish to keep any of the animals on the list.
Licences are issued when we are satisfied that it would not be contrary to public interest on the grounds of safety or nuisance; that the applicant is a suitable person and the animal’s accommodation is adequate and secure.
The act does not apply to any animal kept in a zoo, circus, pet shop, or registered scientific establishment, which have their own specific legislation.
Making an application
Please complete our application form to be completed and returned to Environmental Health, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Kelham Hall, Kelham, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5QX.
Check the licence fees and charges and make the payment. The Council is no longer able to accept payment for services by cash or cheque.
Payment can be made online, or by calling 01636 650000.
For further advice or to check if you require a licence, please contact us.