Zoo licences

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.

How to apply

Please contact us for a general discussion about your requirements.

After the initial discussions, if we are satisfied that you have the relevant documentation to apply for a licence we will let you know what the next steps will be, including how to pay the application fee and submit the required documentation.

We will also arrange to carry out the relevant inspections to make sure your premises meet the required standards.

If you are making a new application you will need to appear before the council’s Licensing Committee.


  • The fee to grant a licence is £1760 and is valid for 4 years.
  • The fee to renew a licence is £892 and is valid for 6 years.