If you want to display wild animals to the public for at least 7 days a year, in any place that’s not a circus or pet shop, you will need a zoo licence.
To apply for a zoo licence, you need to:
- read the licence conditions and application guidance on GOV.UK
- contact us for an application form
- pay the fee of £635
If we need to consult a vet as part of the application process, you will also need to pay the vet fees.
Once we have received your application, we will arrange for an inspection of the premises.
We will only grant your licence if you comply with all the conditions.
If we grant your zoo licence, it will be valid for four years from the date we granted it.
Once your licence is renewed, it will then be valid for six years.
You will need to renew your licence at least six months before it expires.
If we refuse to grant your licence, you can appeal to the magistrates’ court within 21 days of receiving notice of the decision.