Anywhere wild animals are kept for public exhibition needs a licence from us.
Before applying, we suggest you read the zoo licence guidance.
Existing licence holders and anyone planning to apply for a licence should also read the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 guide to the Act's provisions.
Apply for a licence
Two months before making an application, you should send a notification of intention to us. You must publish notice of intention in one local and one national newspaper two months before you apply.
A zoo licence application form must be sent to us with the correct fee, plus vet fees*, this licence will last four years.
To renew a licence, a zoo licence renewal application form must be sent to us with the renewal fee, plus vet fees*. This licence will last six years.
For more information, please contact us.
Visits to the licensing service are by appointment only. Please call us on 01423 500600 or email at [email protected]