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Zoo licence

How to apply

At least two months before making an application for a licence, the applicant must give us notice in writing of their intention to make the application. The notice must identify:

  • The zoo's location
  • The types of animals and approximate number of each group kept for exhibition on the premises and the arrangements for their accommodation, maintenance and well being
  • The approximate numbers and categories of staff to be employed in the zoo
  • The approximate number of visitors and motor vehicles for which accommodation is to be provided
  • The approximate number and position of access to be provided to the premises
  • How required conservation measures will be implemented at the zoo

You must also publish notice of that intention in one local newspaper and one national newspaper and show a copy of the notice. The notice must identify the location of the zoo and state that the application notice to the council is available to be inspected at the local authority offices.

Before a decision is made your premises will be inspected, at least 28 days notice of the inspection shall be provided.

Online Zoo licence notice of intention and application GOV.UK

Or please complete and return our applicable form:

 Zoo licence - notice of intention application [109KB]

 Zoo licence application form [31KB]

What it costs

  As of 1st Apr 2020

 Zoo licence

Excluding vet fees -
vets fees are charged in addition to these fees based on full cost recovery


(4 year licence)


Second and subsequent
(6 year licence)


Failed applications and appeals

In the first instance, please contact us if you have a problem with an application.

Any applicant that is refused a licence can appeal to theirlocal magistrates court.  You can also appeal to the court if you wish to appeal against a condition attached to your licence.