Record details

Zoo licence

If you want to run a zoo in Herefordshire you need to apply to us for a licence.

You'll need a zoo licence if you'll be displaying wild animals to the public for at least 7 days a year, in any place that's not a circus or pet shop.

At least two months before making an application for a licence, you should give notice to us of your intention to make application.

About this licence

We may refuse to grant a licence if the applicant or keeper in the zoo has been convicted under any offence involving the ill-treatment of animals, including: 

  • Protection of Animals Acts 1911 to 1964
  • Protection of Animals (Scotland) Acts 1912 to 1964
  • Pet Animals Act 1951
  • Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970
  • Breeding of Dogs Act 1973
  • Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976
  • Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act 1976
  • Part I of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Zoo Licensing Act 1981

Licence Fee 2019/20
Granting of licence £451 plus vets fees and Defra fees
Renewal £193 plus £55 for each year on the licence

Additional fees

Licence Fee
Change of business name £15.50
Transfer £44
Variation £164 plus £180 if committee/panel hearing required
Copy of licence £15.50
Application and guidance notes
Processing and timescales

It can take up to 12 weeks to process an application for a zoo licence.

Validity and renewals

The initial licence is valid for 4 years.

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Contact details

If you wish to speak to a licensing officer the opening times are 9.30am to 1.30pm.

  • Telephone: 01432 261761 (all calls are dealt with by our contact centre staff and are allocated to an officer who will take action on the service request between one to five working days)
  • Fax: 01432 261982
  • Email:
  • Address: Licensing Section, Herefordshire Council, 8 St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PJ

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