Licensing – zoo
To run a zoo in England, Scotland and Wales, you need a licence from the local authority.
|Licence summary||The licence may be subject to fees, and conditions to ensure the proper conduct of the zoo. For fees and charges please see the ‘Read more’ section.|
|Eligibility criteria||At least two months before making an application for a licence, the applicant must give notice in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority of their intention to make the application. The notice must identify:
At least two months before making the application, the applicant must also publish notice of that intention in one local newspaper and one national newspaper and exhibit a copy of that notice. The notice must identify the location of the zoo and state that the application notice to the local authority is available to be inspected at the local authority offices.
|Regulation summary||A summary of the regulation relating to this licence|
|Application evaluation Process||We will aim to have determined your application within 90 days of a completed application being submitted. When considering an application the local authority shall take into account any representations made by or on behalf of:
Before granting or refusing to grant the licence, the local authority shall consider any inspectors’ reports based on their inspection of the zoo, consult the applicant about any conditions they propose should be attached to the licence and make arrangements for an inspection to be carried out. At least 28 days notice of the inspection shall be provided by the local authority. The local authority will not grant the licence if they feel that the zoo would adversely affect the health or safety of people living near it, or seriously affect the preservation of law and order or if they are not satisfied that appropriate conservation measures would be satisfactorily implemented. An application may also be refused if:
Applications to renew a licence will be considered no later than six months before the expiry of the existing licence, unless a shorter time period is allowed by the local authority. The Secretary of State, after consulting the local authority, may direct them to attach one or more conditions to a licence. The local authority may advise the Secretary of State that, because of the small number of animals kept in the zoo or the small number of the kinds of animal kept there, a direction should be made that a licence is not required.
|Will tacit consent apply?||No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.|
You must fully complete the application form and make payment of the licence fee before submission to the Licensing Team or the application will be deemed improperly made and returned to you.
|Complaint or appeal||In the first instance please contact the Trading Standards & Licensing Manager on 01454 863489, or email email@example.com. If the applicant is refused a licence, they may appeal to a magistrates’ court within 28 days from the date on which the applicant receives written notification of the refusal.|
|Licence holder redress||In the first instance please contact the Trading Standards & Licensing Manager on 01454 863489, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A licence holder may appeal to a Magistrates’ court against:
The appeal must be brought within 28 days from the date on which the licence holder receives written notification of the authority’s decision as to the relevant matter.
|Consumer complaint||We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you – preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.Any person who wishes to appeal against a decision to close a zoo may apply to the local Magistrates’ court within 28 days of the notice of the local authority decision.|
|Other complaint or concern||Please contact email@example.com or phone 01454 868001 for advice.|
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