Zoo licence

You’ll need a zoo licence if you’ll be displaying wild animals to the public for at least 7 days a year, in any place that’s not a circus or pet shop.

To get a licence your zoo must:

  • help educate people about biodiversity
  • be suitable for the types of animals you’re keeping
  • have a high standard of animal care
  • do as much as possible to stop any animals escaping
  • stop pests and vermin getting into the zoo

You must also do at least 1 of the following:

  • conservation research or training
  • sharing conservation information
  • captive animal breeding
  • helping repopulate or reintroduce species into the wild


Zoo licence Four year licence Six year licence
Application fee £530.00 £530.00
Compliance visits £620.00 £775.00
Total £1150.00 + vet fee £1305.00 + vet fee
Zoo licence renewal £320  

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There are several application forms - please contact the Environmental Health Team:



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You can pay for your licence online right now using our secure payment system. Make sure to select the correct service from the left-hand side.

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