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.

Application form
Application form - renewal
Guidance notes

Licence fees

For more information, please contact us.

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Page last updated 10/01/2019