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Zoo licensing

Last Modified May 14, 2019

We work in close partnership with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on all aspects of zoo licensing.

The licensing of zoos is a specialist field and the regulations are complex. If you are thinking of setting up a zoo, it is recommended you contact a specialist officer for advice and guidance.

We cannot consider an application unless at least two months notice has been given, plus details must be published in a local and national newspaper, and a notice placed at the site. The current fee for a zoo licence is £4,300, plus veterinary fees.

We must consult the police, fire authority, a governing body of any national institute concerned with zoos, and adjoining authorities if the zoo overlaps another authority, as well as anyone wishing to object.

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For further information contact us or email environmental.health@hertsmere.gov.uk

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