You will need a licence to run a zoo. For the purposes of licensing, an establishment is considered a zoo if:
- animals are kept for exhibition
- the public have access to it, with or without charge
- it is open for more than seven days in one year
You will also need to complete a 'notification to operate a zoo' form. The notification to operate a zoo will need to be published in a local and national newspaper two months before a licence application is made.
A zoo licence from Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council is £1000.
You can get a licence from the licensing authority where your zoo will be located. This is usually the local council. If you do not know who that is, visit: Gov.UK, find your local council
To find notification to operate a zoo forms, costs and to apply for a licence, see the relevant licensing authority below:
Forest Heath District Council
For a notification to operate a zoo as well as an application form to run a zoo, visit: Gov.UK, zoo licence - FHDC
St Edmundsbury Borough Council
For a notification to operate a zoo as well as an application form to run a zoo, visit: Gov.UK, zoo licence - SEBC
How long is my licence valid for?
For new applicants a licence is valid for four years. A renewed licence is valid for six years.
Does tacit authorisation apply?
No, it does not. It is in the interest of the public that your application is fully processed before a licence can be granted.