You need a licence to run a zoo. A zoo is defined as being 'an establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition ... to which members of the public have access, with or without charge for admission, seven or more days in any period of twelve consecutive months'.

At least two months before making an application for a licence, you should give notice to us of your intention to make an application.

The application process involves inspections by authorised officers and Secretary of State appointed veterinary surgeons.

Further information

Premises must comply with the Secretary of State's standards of modern zoo practice


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Apply online: Zoo online application 

Download: Intention to apply for a zoo licence

Download: Zoo application form

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