Apply for a zoo licence

A ‘zoo’ is classed as any establishment, other than a circus or pet shop, where animals are kept for public exhibition. These businesses cannot operate without a licence.

In addition to annual inspections by the Senior Animal Welfare Officer, periodic inspections must also be carried out by an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State (at least twice during each licence term) and are charged to the applicant as an additional fee.

Applying for a licence

Before applying for any animal welfare licences you should discuss your business proposal with the Senior Animal Welfare Officer first. If your application is for a new or purpose-built premises, you’ll also need planning permission before your application can be considered.

To apply in writing, complete the downloadable application form and return it to the address below.

Renewing an existing licence

To renew an existing licence in writing, complete the downloadable renewal form and return it to the address below

We aim to process applications within 120 days. If we have not given you a decision after this time, contact us.

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