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Apply or renew a zoo licence
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 before the licence expires.
Making an application
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.
- Zoo New Application Form (PDF)
Renew your license
- Animal Licensing Fees (PDF)