For many people, their pets are part of the family. But we have to make sure the pets are only kept in places that are suitable for them and that they're kept in a way that doesn't upset the neighbours.

Things you need to know if you want to keep a pet

  • If you want to have a pet, you'll need to ask us first
  • If you live in a flat, you can't normally have a dog, unless the flat has direct access to a private garden
  • However, there are a few blocks of flats where dogs are allowed without direct access to a garden. Get in touch or use live chat to find out which blocks these are.

Animals you can keep as pets

• Most cats and dogs (but not all dogs, see the ones that aren't allowed in the next list)
• Small animals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs
• Small birds
• Fish
• Guide dogs (as covered by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005)

Animals you can’t keep as pets

It's against the law to keep the animals in this list (under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991):

• Certain types of poisonous snakes, spiders, primates and monkeys
• Any type of bird of prey such as kestrel, owl, or buzzard
• Pit Bull Terriers
• Japanese Tosa
• Fila Brasileiro
• Dogo Argentino

Please use the form below if you'd like to apply to keep a pet.