Dangerous Wild Animal Keepers

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 was passed to ensure that private individuals who keep dangerous wild animals do so without causing the public any harm and maintain animal welfare. The Act gives the Council powers of inspection, powers to place conditions on the licence, and the power to seize any animal that is kept on a premises that is unlicensed.  This does not apply to zoos and pet shops which have separate licensing arrangements.  Any person who keeps a dangerous wild animal without a licence or who fails to comply with the terms of a licence is guilty of an offence.

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No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
The fee for a licence is £250.00 for a period of 12 months.
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance. An applicant whose application is refused can appeal to the local magistrates' court.
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance. A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery).  If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Advice Guide will give you advice.  From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre
For example, about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Phone Contact us....

Telephone: 01992 564034
Fax: 01992 561016
Email: licensing@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Or you can write to us at:
Licensing Team, Neighbourhoods Directorate, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, ,  Epping , Essex CM16 4BZ

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