Zoo licence

If you run a business that displays animals to the public for more than seven days in a twelve month period, you will need to apply for a zoo Licence. This excludes circuses and pet shops.  You will need a Zoo Licence even if members of the public can enter your premises for free.

You must give us at least two months written notice before you apply for a licence. You can complete a notification to operate a zoo licence online via Gov.uk.   Alternatively you can download the Form for notice to Local Authority of intention to apply for a zoo licence and send it into us once you have completed it.
 
You must also publish a notice of intention to apply for a zoo licence, which is available to download, in one local and one national newspaper and also display a copy of the notice at your premises.

We must take account of representations made by members of the public during period the two months that the notice of intention is published.  We will carry out an inspection of your premises before the licence can be granted or refused to establish whether licensing conditions will be met.  We will also check to see if you have appropriate planning permission.

You may submit a full application for a zoo licence online after the two month representation period has finished.  Alternatively you can download an application for a zoo licence and send it into us once you have completed it, along with the relevant fee.

The cost to apply for the grant of a zoo licence is £347. 

The cost to apply for a further licence is £331.

We can also charge for reasonable expenses such as vets fees.

You can find out how the Council constructs its fees by downloading the document Guidance on fee construction.

You must allow at least four months for us to issue a licence.

We will carry out inspections of the premises before granting, renewing or varying a zoo licence.
There are four types of inspections:

Periodical inspections and certain licence inspections will involve Secretary of State Inspectors.

We will refuse to grant a zoo licence if we feel that the zoo will affect the health or safety of people who live close by, or seriously affect the preservation of law and order.  We will also refuse to grant a zoo licence if we are not satisfied that conservation measures will be implemented in a satisfactory manner.

Laws and regulation

Zoo licences are issued under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 as amended by the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2002.