Zoos

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2. Notification to operate a zoo

At least two months before you can apply for a zoo licence, the law requires that you must give us notice of your intention to apply. You can do this online.

In the notice you must give details about:

  • where the zoo will be
  • what kind of animals you're going to keep and how many
  • how you'll house and care for the animals
  • staff numbers and what they'll be doing
  • expected visitor and vehicle numbers
  • zoo entrance and exit points
  • how you'll meet conservation conditions

At the same time, you are required to:

  • publish notice that you're intending to apply in at least one local and one national newspaper. There is a template to follow.
  • display the notice at the planned zoo site

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You will also need to upload a detailed plan of the zoo. This must show the proposed layout of the site.

You will need to send us a copy of the local newspaper and the national newspaper that your notice is displayed in.

We will visit the zoo to check that the notices are displayed correctly on site.

We will also ask for and consider comments from the police and fire authorities, members of the public and a national institution concerned with the operation of zoos in the UK.

When your notices have been displayed for at least two months you can then make an application for a zoo licence.

You can also give your notification by completing this application form and sending it to us in the post or delivering it to our offices. 

You will also need to send us a detailed plan of the proposed zoo site and:

  • publish notice that you're intending to apply in at least one local and one national newspaper.  There is a template to follow.
  • display the notice at the planned zoo site

If you would like to come into the office and speak to an Officer about your application then please telephone to make an appointment.