The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976
This regulates the keeping of dangerous wild animals.
The Act aims to protect the public and to ensure that the animals are properly cared for. Environmental health are
responsible for administering and enforcing the Act.
Before keeping an animal listed within the schedule to this Act
www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2008/302/contents/made you must apply for a licence from Environmental health.
The main legislation can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1976/38/contents and guidance to the act is published on the
Scottish Government website:
The guidance covers the licensing procedure, provisions of the Act and also provides species specific information. This
guidance is a living document and subject to regular and on-going review.
Nothing in this guidance should be taken as legal advice or as a substitute for the legislation itself. Legal advice
should be sought where provisions of the Act are unclear.
An application form can be downloaded (there is a license fee payable):
Will Tacit Consent apply?
In the interests of public safety, there is no automatic granting of a licence should we fail to respond to
you. Tacit Consent does not apply.