Under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, any establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition to the public, otherwise than a circus or a pet shop, requires a licence from the local authority.
In order to issue the licence, the authority will inspect the premises and consult other local agencies such as police, fire, planning authority etc. Licences are usually granted for 4 years.
Zoo Licensing Act 1981
The local authority cannot consider any application unless details have been advertised in a local and national newspaper and a notice placed at the site.
The licensing of zoos is a specialist field and the regulations are complex. It is recommended that a specialist officer is contacted first for advice and guidance.
There are exemption for circuses, pet shop and any individual premises where the Secretary of State issues a direction that the act should not apply.
To apply for a licence contact your council.
Licence - zoos in North Dorset
If you want to run a zoo or keep any animals for display for more than seven days in a year you will need a Zoo Licence.
Licence - zoos in Purbeck
The council holds a register which is available for public inspection and can be viewed by arrangement at the council offices
Licence - zoos in West Dorset
To licence an establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition to the public, otherwise than for the purposes of a circus or a pet shop.
Licence - zoos in Weymouth and Portland
The council holds a register which is available for public inspection and can be viewed by arrangement at the council offices.
Licence - Zoos in Christchurch and East Dorset
Find out if you need a zoo licence and how to apply