If you wish to keep an exotic, dangerous or wild animal, you must be licensed.

The licence aims to protect the welfare of animals whilst under your care and the protection of other persons from harm.

When we grant a licence, we consider the suitability of the accommodation and whether the animals are well fed and protected from disease and fire.

When we grant a licence we must satisfy ourselves that there are no safety, nuisance or animal welfare issues and that you are a suitable person to hold a licence.

In addition, your premises must be inspected by a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.

List of the species covered by the act

How to apply


The following fees are payable for exotic, dangerous and wild animal licences:

  • New applications: £460
  • Renewals: £235
  • Random inspections: £160

All licences issued will expire on the 31st of December each year.

Contact us for an application form

You can enquire at the Civic Centre reception desk from Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Please contact Licensing, providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.

Or write to:

Regeneration and Environment
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square