If you are applying for a licence for the first time or require any further information contact;
- You must write to us, at least two months prior to placing an application to make us aware of your intention to make an application.
- A published notice must also be placed in a locally circulating newspaper and a national newspaper. A copy of this notice must also be placed at the site for easy viewing and with the local authority for public comment.
- Once this period of time has lapsed, an application form can be submitted along with the fee. The appropriate: Licence fees , must be paid before the licence is granted.
Will tacit authorisation apply?
What happens next
- On receipt of an application (whether it is a new application or a renewal), an Officer from the Local Authority will contact you within 10 working days;
- The local authority may request representations from the police authority, fire service authority, public objections and / or a national institution concerned with the operation of zoos in the UK (i.e. if aquatic zoo, then go to an aquatic zoo specialist). Other person(s) whose representations might be relevant can also be consulted;
- An inspection is carried out by a Secretary of State appointed inspector who will produce a report of his findings. Based on the report and other considerations the Local Authority will grant or reject a licence application or renewal. The operator will receive a written statement of the grounds for refusal;
- An annual stock list must be provided along with any updated escape precaution procedures.
Periodic inspections, with Secretary of State appointed inspectors, occur as a minimum at renewal stage (i.e. within the six months leading to the expiry date) and in the first year of the original licence and in the third year of the six-year period. The local authority can request a special inspection by an appointed competent person where concerns have arisen. In any calendar year where no other inspection has taken place, an informal inspection is carried out by an appointed person from the local authority.
Zoos are regulated by local authorities under the: Zoo Licensing Act 1981 .
We work in close partnership with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on all aspects of zoo licensing.