Where Euro Network logo is over on right hand side of page there is an ablilty to apply online. Alternatively, hard copy forms are available to download at the bottom of this page for submission to local authority via person, post or email (these will not be treated as an online application).
A licence is required under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981. A “zoo” is classed as any establishment, other than a circus or pet shop, where animals are kept for public exhibition. Initially, licences are granted for 4 years, and then are renewable every 6 years. The Act also requires, that, at least twice during the term of the licence, an inspection must be carried out by an Inspector appointed for that purpose by the Secretary of State.
The application will be determined within 6 months from the receipt by this authority of an acceptable and complete application because of the inspections required.
Renewal letters are sent approximately 9 months weeks before the licence expires.
From 6 April 2007 the Animal Welfare Act 2006 came into effect. It makes owners and keepers responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of their animals are met. This includes:
- suitable environment (place to live);
- suitable diet;
- to exhibit normal behaviour patterns;
- to be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable);
- to be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease;
The law also increases the minimum age to 16 at which a person can buy an animal and prohibits giving animals as prizes to unaccompanied children under this age.
These can be accessed or downloaded below. If you are unable to access them or require a hard copy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For a valid application we require ALL the following forms/documentation in order to for the application to be processed. Incomplete applications will be returned.
If you wish to apply online please see External links above
- Zoo New Application Form (PDF)
- Apply online:
- The RSCPA’s purpose is to promote kindness and prevent or suppress cruelty to animals. Its work extends to concern for all kinds of animals in all circumstances, including wild, laboratory, companion and farm animals, and those used in entertainment, education and workplace.
- DEFRA’s aim is to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper. The domestic animal welfare part of the website promotes protecting domestic or captive animals from cruelty.
- CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and is an international agreement stating that the import, export and use of certain species requires a permit. All of the “big cats”, all primates, parrots, alligators, crocodiles, birds of prey, plus elephants, rhinoceros, tortoises, sea turtles, many exotic reptiles plus corals and sea horses are all protected by CITES.