Information about zoo licences is under running a zoo.

How to apply

At least two months before you can apply for a zoo licence, the law requires that you must give us notice of your intention to apply. You can do this online.

In the notice you must give details about:

  • where the zoo will be
  • what kind of animals you're going to keep and how many
  • how you'll house and care for the animals
  • staff numbers and what they'll be doing
  • expected visitor and vehicle numbers
  • zoo entrance and exit points
  • how you'll meet conservation conditions

At the same time, you are required to:

  • publish notice that you're intending to apply in at least one local and one national newspaper. There is a template to follow.
  • display the notice at the planned zoo site