Zoo licence

You’ll need a zoo licence if you’ll be displaying wild animals to the public for at least 7 days within any period of 12 consecutive months, in any place that’s not a circus or pet shop.

A new zoo licence is valid for four years, renewals are valid for six years. Periodical inspections with a DEFRA appointed vet are carried out during the term of the licence, as well as an annual inspection by the licensing authority. A copy of the licence must be displayed at each entrance of the zoo.

Read the Zoo Licensing Act 1981

Apply for a zoo licence

To apply for or renew a zoo licence, please email publichealth.licensing@horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 215427.