Freedom of information request response - 05263

FOI request

FOI ID number
Primate Licensing

This request is in 2 parts. We ask that you answer all of the questions in the first section whether or not you have any licences issued under the Dangerous Wild Animals (DWAAA) Act. If there are any current DWAAA licences for primates in your area, please also complete all of the questions in the second section.

 As of 25th February 2018:

 Part 1

  1. How many DWAA licences are currently issued in your area?   
  2. How many of these DWAA licences are issued for primates (monkeys, apes or prosimians such as lemurs)?
  3. How many applications for licences to keep primates under the DWAA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months? On what grounds were they refused?
  4. What is the cost of obtaining a DWAA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?
  5. What is the cost of “renewing” a DWAA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?
  6. Are you aware of any breeders or dealers of primates in your area? If yes how many? And are they licensed under the Pet Animals Act?
  7. If a member of the public is aware of a breach of the Animal Welfare Act with regards to a primate, who do they contact in your area?
  8. In order to be granted DWAA licences for primates, must applicants demonstrate that they meet the conditions laid out in the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-human Primates?
  9. If a DWAA licence is not renewed, do you contact previous licence holders to establish why it has not been renewed?
  10. Would you investigate what has happened to primates that were licensed in your area but are no longer licensed?

Part 2

  1. If there are primates licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences, and the most recent relevant veterinary and inspection report(s) for each licence (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).  If no written reports are available, please indicate the date on which the most recent report was conducted, by whom, and the outcome of the visit.  If not included in the report(s), please also provide the following information:

    For each licence issued for primates:

    • How many individuals of each species are covered (please provide the scientific name: i.e. Cebus apella)?
    • What is the age and sex of each licensed primate? If this information is not kept by your council, please indicate so.
    • Where was each primate obtained? If this information is not kept by your council, please indicate so.
    • Are these primates considered to be pets? If not, how are they classified.
    • Please confirm whether any restriction is placed on the breeding of the licensed animals. If no restriction exists, please indicate whether the existing licence would automatically cover the offspring, and until what age this cover would last.
    • Has a licence been issued to the licence holder previously.
    • If so, what was the last year a licence was issued, and what primates were licensed.

  2. Would you or someone in your department, be willing to share any further information about DWAAA licensing?And who can we contact for such information?

Our response


 Part 1

  1. None.
  2. N/A.
  3. None.
  4. £79 plus veterinary fees.
  5. £79 plus veterinary fees.
  6. No.
  7. Unable to answer as this question relates to the actions/knowledge of the public and not the officers involved in animal licensing. That said, if the public came to the Council with a complaint of this nature, Officers would investigate if the matter was within their remit and/or liaise with other appropriate organisations such as RSPCA, trading Standards etc.
  8. We would not issue any licence without first receiving satisfactory vets report and would ask the vet to refer to this code when making their recommendation.
  9. Yes, to determine whether or not a DWA licence is still required  
  10. As part of our follow up as our policy states that for a non-renewal officers would enquire about the circumstances of the previously licensed animal to determine whether or not a licence would still be required. This may include requesting information as to the animals’ whereabouts if no longer at the premises.

Part 2

No current DWA licences in place in this authority.

Response date
03 May 2018