London Borough of Croydon

Licence summary

Premises where dangerous wild animals are kept must have a licence. These include monkeys, poisonous snakes and certain reptiles and spiders.

Click on the download below to view a full list of classified dangerous wild animals.

Legislation summary

Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976

Making a new application

Please download the application below and once completed send it to the licensing team at the address below.

The licence operates from 1 January to 31 December, if you make an application during this period the fee will be apportioned by the licensing team.

Application evaluation process

Once your application is received, a licensing officer will contact you to make arrangements to carry out an inspection of your premises. The officer will be accompanied by an approved veterinary inspector.

The inspection will be to ensure that the premises meet the required standards in the legislation.

To view the licence conditions click on the download below. To accompany these standard conditions there may be additional site specific conditions listed on the licence.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. Your licence will only be issued to you when all the necessary inspections/checks have been carried out and the premises meets the required standards.

Renewal of a current licence

If you already hold a licence you will automatically be sent a renewal letter approximately one month before the expiry date, you can pay the renewal fee online.

Alternatively payment can now be made over the telephone by credit or debit card, if you would like to use this facility please telephone 020 8760 5466.

Failed application redress

Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to the Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.

Licence holder redress

Any licence holder who objects to any of the licensing conditions attached to a licence may appeal to the Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise in the first instance that in the event of a complaint, you make contact with the trader, if you are not satisfied with their response please contact the licensing team on the details below.

Other redress

Please contact the licensing team on the details below.

Trade associations

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)



020 8760 5466
Address Line:

Croydon Council, Licensing Team

6th Floor, Zone A

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk

Croydon CR0 1EA


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