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There are 3 types of inspection undertaken with respect to zoo licences:

  • Periodic
  • Special
  • Informal

Periodic inspections

These are undertaken when a licence is in existence

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The authority will discuss with the operator about the inspection and give 28 days notice of the inspection.

Inspections will be undertaken:-


(a) For a new licence. Once during the first year and the second not later than 6 months before the end of year 4.
(b) For a renewed licence or fresh licence granted to the holder of an existing licence. Once during the third year and the second not later than 6 months before the end of year 6.

Special inspections

May be undertaken by the local authority if it considers it necessary to do so because of: -

A periodical report.

  • Any representations made to local authority or on behalf of a properly constituted body concerned with any aspect of the zoo management or its animal welfare.
  • An informal inspection.
  • Any other circumstances which will call for an investigation

Informal inspections:

These are once in any calendar year where NO other inspection has been made and by an appointed person from this Council.


The following conditions will be applied:

1. Consult with the Licensing Authority and agree accommodation requirements and any special provisions before acquiring any animal species belonging to Category 1 (Greater Risk) of the Dangerous Animal Categorisation detailed in Chapter 12 of the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice March 2000 (DETR)

2. Notify the Licensing Authority without delay of any animal species belonging to Categories 2 and 3 of the Dangerous Animal Classification, acquired after the issue of this Licence.

3. INSURANCE
Within one month of the date of the licence and one month of the date of renewal of the policy, where applicable, a copy of the zoo’s current public liability insurance policy, and of subsequent renewals thereof, to be sent to the licensing authority

4. STOCK LIST
A copy of the zoo’s annual stock list, as defined in the Secretary of State’s standards of modern zoo practice, to be forwarded to the licensing authority by 1 April of the year following that to which it relates.

5. DANGEROUS ANIMALS
The licensing authority to be notified in writing at least one month in advance of the proposed addition of any animal listed in the current schedule to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, as currently amended, which is not from a taxonomic order not previously kept in the zoo.

6. TEMPORARY REMOVAL OF ANIMALS FROM THE ZOO
The Licensee/s to notify the licensing authority before the temporary removal from the zoo (other than for veterinary attention or inter-zoo movements) of any animal listed in the schedule to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, as currently amended. Such notification to be given as early as possible and, in any case, no later than 12 hours before the removal, unless the zoo operator and licensing authority mutually agree a shorter period. When giving notification, details of the destination and method of transportation of the animal and of the arrangements for its well-being, as well as for the safety of the public whilst it is away from the zoo, to be provided.

7. ESCAPES
Within one month of the date of the licence a copy of the written procedures in respect of animal escapes to be sent to the local authority within one month of being made.

8. In the event of any non-domestic animal escaping from the confines of the zoo, notification shall be made to the licensing authority as soon as possible and, in any case, not later than 24 hours following the escape.

Note 1

These conditions are attached to the licence without prejudice to the application where relevant, of the Secretary of State’s standards of modern zoo practice specified in accordance with the powers conferred under section 9 of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981

Note 2

The grant of this licence does not imply that the requirements of any other legislation have been met

You can download a Zoo Licence application form in PDF format and can complete the form in one of two ways:

Contact Details

  • Name Environmental Safety and Health
  • Address People Directorate, 3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345