Dangerous or wild animals
To keep some types of animals in Maidstone you will need a Dangerous Wild Animal licence. You will need a licence even if the animal or animals are being kept as pets.
You need a licence to keep some animals:
- wild cats
- wild dogs, i.e. wolves
- certain pigs, i.e. wild boars
You may also need to apply for planning permission to change the use of the property, if you intend to breed or sell the animals as part of a business. See our planning pages for more information.
You shouldn’t need planning permission if you are keeping the animals privately as pets.
You should only apply for a licence from us if the animals are being kept in Maidstone.
Who’s it for?
To apply for a licence, you must:
- Be over 18 years old
- Be able to care for and take responsibility for the animal or animals in your care
- Have never been disqualified from keeping any dangerous wild animal
We take any previous offences relating to either the mistreatment of or the negligence in care of animals very seriously.
Apply for a licence
You must supply:
- Details about the type of animals you wish to keep, including gender and how many
- The address of the premises where the animals will be kept
- A copy of your Public Liability Insurance covering any damage that your animals may cause
- A plan of the premises
- A cheque for £615, made payable to Maidstone Borough Council
You can bring it to the Maidstone Link in King Street between 10am and 1pm, Monday to Thursday or send it in the post to:The Licensing TeamMaidstone House
How long does it take
Applications take 40 days to process, with a pre-inspection visit taking place after 10 days. We will contact you within eight days of receiving the application to arrange the visit. A formal inspection will be arranged after the pre-inspection visit. As part of the inspection we will need to arrange for a certified veterinary report to be signed by a veterinary officer.
Renew your licence
You will need to renew your licence every two years. You can renew your licence and pay the fee by completing our online application form and returning it to us.
Make changes to my licence
You need to let us know about changes such as your name, address, change of business premises or if you have stopped dealing with scrap metal. You can tell us about it online on the GOV.uk website.
New applications and renewals will cost £465.
There may be extra costs to pay for veterinary inspections carried out as part of the application. These vary in price depending on which surgery carries out the inspection and are paid directly to them.