Apply for a zoo licence

You need a licence to run a zoo or have a collection of animals and birds not found in the UK that are on show to the public for more than 7 days a year.


You will need to comply with any conditions attached to the licence once issued. View a summary of the regulation relating to zoo licences.

Read about import and export licences on GOV.UK.

Give notice 

You must give notice that you intend to make an application 2 months in advance.

The notice must identify:

  • the zoo's location
  • the types of animals and number of each group kept for exhibition
  • arrangements for the animals accommodation, maintenance and wellbeing
  • the numbers and categories of staff to be employed in the zoo
  • the number of visitors and motor vehicles for which accommodation is to be provided
  • the number and position of access to be provided to the premises
  • how required conservation measures will be implemented at the zoo


You will be quoted a fee once you have given notice. The fee will be payable at the time of application along with all veterinary inspection fees. 

Last updated 23 March 2023