How to apply for a zoo licence

Fees and how to apply


The application fee for a zoo licence is £750, plus the cost of the fees charged by the vet appointed by the council.

How to apply

Before applying, please refer to the licence conditions

Apply for a zoo licence

If you wish to receive an application form by post, please contact Environmental Health

Time period for council to normally approve the application

Three months

What happens if your application is not processed by this council within the normal approved time period (tacit consent)?

It is in the interest of animal health that we process your application. However, we may have to consult other external agencies prior to making a decision. If you don't receive confirmation that your licence application has been granted or rejected within three months of you submitting it, you cannot start trading.

If you have not heard from us in that time period

Please use our Environmental Health contact form

Complaints concerning the process

In the first instance, please use our Environmental Health contact form. Any person who is refused a licence or objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local magistrates' court.

Any change in circumstances

Substantial changes to the zoo should be notified to the council.

Last updated:‎‎14‎/‎02‎/‎2024‎ ‎16‎:‎09‎