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

Contact us for an application form. 

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


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

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

Contact Us

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

Or write to:

Licensing Services
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square