You need this licence if you run a zoo where wild animals are displayed to the public for at least 7 days a year (circus and pet shops are exempt). The licence and intention to apply are subject to fees.

apply for or renew a zoo licence on the Gov.UK website

Contact us before applying to discuss your proposal.

Legislation and guidance

Other information

You may not operate the zoo until a licence has been granted. Contact us if you have not heard from us within 84 days of application.

Before any licence application is considered a new zoo must make the authority aware of their intention to apply for a licence via a notice on the Gov.UK website.

Certain information must be provided with the notice and 2 months will be given to consider the notice including public scrutiny and comment.

If the applicant, their company, the manager or keepers have been convicted of cruelty to animals then the licence will be refused.

The licence, when granted, will be included with conditions to ensure the proper conduct of the zoo. It is in the public interest to ensure the safety of the public and the welfare of the animals within the zoo

For failed applications or other issues, contact the team. For consumer complaints, contact the person in writing first then contact the team if you need further help.

Trade association

health and safety team

01934 888 802


Last reviewed: 25 February 2016