Running a zoo requires maintaining high standards of animal welfare and public safety. Find out more about applying for this licence here.

Zoos are regulated by the council under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981. We work in close partnership with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on all aspects of zoo licensing.

Contact our environmental health team for advice and guidance before applying for a zoo licence.

Your application will not be considered unless:

  • You give at least two months notice
  • You publish details in a local and national newspaper
  • You display a notice at the proposed zoo site

We must consult with:

  • The police
  • The fire authority
  • Any national institute concerned with zoos
  • Any adjoining local authority if the zoo overlaps their area
  • Anyone who objects on grounds of public health or safety

We will also arrange an inspection by a consultant inspector from the list of suitable inspectors nominated by the Secretary of State.


2023-2024 licencing fee £2,140 plus vet fees for new applications
Renewal licencing fee £2,590 plus vet fees

For new applications, the duration of the licence is 3 years. For renewals the duration is 6 years.

How to apply 

If you are a first time applicant, please give notice by contacting us on 0151 443 4712.

If you are renewing your licence download, complete, and return the application form, enclosing the correct fee.

Download your application form


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