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A zoo is any premises where wild animals are kept (except a pet shop or circus) for the public to see. If you wish to run a zoo, you must have a licence

How much it costs

Zoo licence£186

Mandatory inspection fees

In addition to the licence fee, there are additional inspection fees you must pay too.


Up to 2 hour animal welfare inspection

  • additional inspection time


  • £47 per hour
Additional charge for performing animals£113

Veterinary and Defra inspections are at cost.


A licence lasts for a 6 years. A renewal letter will automatically be sent before the current licence expires.

How to apply

Download, complete, and return the application form with payment to the address shown on the form.

pdf icon Zoo licence application form [1Mb]

You can also pay by credit or debit card by phoning us on 01303 858660.

What happens next?

We'll get in touch if we need any additional information, otherwise we'll aim to process your application in 5 working days.

Bear in mind that part of processing your application involves consulting with various authorities such as the police, fire department, and environmental health, and in some circumstances they can take up to 28 days to fully review your application and get back to us.

After reviewing the application and receiving positive responses from consultees, we will aim to organise an inspection of the premises in 10 working days.

Premises inspection

An officer from our Environmental Health team, Defra, and a vet will inspect your premises to make sure that:

  • animals in enclosures, are in a suitable environment
  • health, safety and welfare standards are met

If your premises pass inspection, you will get a licence. The standards of inspection will also be conditions of the licence, but we may add others.

Further inspections

We may inspect at any time to make sure you are meeting the conditions of the licence.