You do not need to get written permission from us to keep the following pets:
- small caged animals (e.g. hamsters, gerbils )
- small tanked reptiles and fish (e.g. terrapins)
- small caged birds (e.g. budgerigars)
However, they must not cause any nuisance or damage or affect public health and safety in any way.
Cats and dogs
You must always get permission from us if you wish to keep a cat or dog as a pet. Please complete our application form. Note: we reserve the right to visit your home to assess whether it is suitable to keep a pet.
Problems caused by pets
Please report any noise problems caused by dogs to us on 0303 303 0003. Report any dangerous dog to the police by telephoning 101. If the dog is out of control, call 999.
If you are worried that an animal is mistreated, contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.