A Zoo licence is needed if wild animals are exhibited to the general public on more than seven days in any 12 consecutive months. There are exemptions for circuses, pet shops and any individual premises where the Secretary of State issues a direction that the Act should not apply. Wild animals are defined as animals not normally domesticated in Great Zoo licensing procedures involve Secretary of State nominated inspectors, and further guidance should be sought from this department. If you are intending to operate a zoo you will first need to notify the Directorate of your intention to apply for a zoo licence using the application form linked to this page below.
Then two months before you make a licence application a notice of intent (form is linked below) should be published in one local and one national newspaper, at the site and sent to the local authority where it will be made available for public inspection. It must state:
Then you need to formally apply for a licence.
An application form is available from the Dudley MBC. The application form must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. This fee does not cover veterinary charges which will be charged at a later date.