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Zoo Licence

A zoo is a collection of wild animals which are on display to members of the public for 7 or more days in any 12 consecutive month period. The Zoo Licensing Act defines a wild animal as being any animal not normally domesticated in Great Britain.

There are occasions where an animal collection which meets the definition of a zoo may not require a licence or where a licence is required, that the sections of the Act which relate to periodic and special inspections do not apply. We will inform the Secretary of State if we believe that either of this dispensations apply.

If you have one or more animals which you take to different venues e.g. pony parties, mobile reptile exhibit then you will need to apply for a licence to keep or train animals for exhibition.

Our Licensing department works in close partnership with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on all aspects of zoo licensing.

View a summary of the licence.

Find out more about the State's standards of modern zoo practice on the Government website.

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