Applying for a zoo licence
Step one: Notifying us of intention to apply for a licence
Before applying for a zoo licence you must notify us of your intention to apply for a licence. Before doing so please consider:
- whether you need planning permission
- you can fulfil the legal requirements
- understand the licensing process
That you have the following documents:
- Site/location plan ( mandatory )
- Plan showing proposed layout of the zoo ( mandatory )
- Planning permission ( mandatory )
- Animal accommodation plan ( mandatory )
Annotated drawing or plan of animal accommodation
- Entrances and exits plan ( optional )
Annotated drawing or plan of entrances and exits to the premises
- Stock list ( optional )
- Press notice ( optional )
- Public liability insurance certificate ( optional )
- Employer's liability insurance certificate ( optional )
How to apply
Hard copy application forms should be sent, with supporting documentation, to:
Customer and Technical Support Team
Waverley Borough Council
Tel: 01483 523393
Step 2: Applying for a licence
How long will it take to process my application?We will try to contact you within 10 days of the receipt of your notice of intention to apply for a licence. If you have not heard from us within this period, please contact us to ensure that your notice was correctly made and received. The initial notice of intention to apply will provide a period of two months for us to make necessary arrangements to embark on the next stage in the process.
Bearing in mind the complexity of the licensing process, it is not possible to provide an exact time period for the granting or refusal of a licence. Time scales will vary depending on the size and nature of each individual application. Comments gained in the consultation period and from the inspector's report may vary widely, and some applications may need to go before the Council's Licensing Committee for determination.
How much is a zoo licence?
A completed application must be submitted with a fee of £237 and in addition the applicant will need to pay any associated veterinary fees for DEFRA nominated inspectors.
Apply for a zoo licence onlineApply for a zoo licence online through the Business Link portal. Please note you will be required to supply supporting documentation and fees. This requires you to register on the Government Gateway.
Renewing a licence
We will give a licence holder at least nine months notice of the expiry date of the licence. The application to renew the licence should be made at least six months before the expiry of the existing licence.
If a request is made at least six months before the licence expires we will be able to extend a licence without inspection for up to six years beginning at the expiry of the original licence.
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