Information about zoo licences is under running a zoo
How to apply
If you have given us at least two months notice of your intention to apply for a zoo licence you can now make your application. You can do this online.
You will need to pay a fee for your zoo licence. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.
You will also need to pay the vet's fee for inspecting the zoo. We will ask you to pay this after the inspection has taken place.
Start the journey
More info about the journey
You will need a credit or debit card if paying online
You will need to enclose a current certificate of insurance for the business
Following your application there will be a detailed inspection of the zoo by a specialist vet.
The vet will send us their report and the licence will then either be granted and we'll send you your licence in the post or it may be refused or have additional conditions added to it.
If your application is likely to be refused or have additional conditions added we will contact you.
Renewing your licence
Once granted, a zoo licence will run for four years. You will then need to apply to renew it at least six months before it expires.
You will also need to send us an up to date stock list in December each year
What you can do if you haven't heard from us
It is in the public interest that we process your application before deciding if it can be granted. This means that you'll need to wait for our decision before you start operating. If after two months you haven't heard from us please contact us by email or telephone for an update.
What you can do if your application is unsuccessful
Please contact us to discuss why you have been refused a licence or if you think we have asked for an unreasonable condition.
If you are not happy with our decision, you can appeal to the magistrates court. A court may give directions on the issue of a licence or on any conditions imposed.