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To open a zoo in England, Scotland and Wales, you will need a licence from the Council.

At least two months prior to applying for the licence, the applicant must inform the Animal licensing team in writing (or email) of the following things:

  • The proposed location of the Zoo
  • The types of animals and approximate number of each group kept for show at the zoo and how they will be housed and looked after
  • The approximate numbers and roles of staff to be employed in the zoo
  • The approximate number of visitors and cars/vehicles expected at the zoo
  • The number and place of all entrances to the zoo
  • How conservation measures will be put in place at the zoo

The applicant will also be required to publish notice of their plans in at least one local, and one national newspaper two months prior to making the application. This notice must include the proposed location of the zoo and inform the public that the application notice will be available to read at the Town Hall

The cost of a Zoo Licence is £830 plus all DEFRA inspector charges for existing zoo licences.

A Zoo Licence runs for four years. You will need to renew your licence after this period.