To operate a zoo you will need a licence from Broxtowe Borough Council. Zoos are establishments where wild animals are kept for exhibition to which members of the public have access. Zoos include butterfly houses, aquaria and wild bird sanctuaries in addition to traditional zoos and safari parks.

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Are You Eligible?

An applicant must not have been disqualified from having custody of animals or keeping a zoo. Convictions under other animals welfare and licensing legislation will also be considered.

How We Process Your Application

An inspection will be undertaken by Broxtowe Borough Council and a Government Inspector before a licence is issued. 

Your application will be processed within 3 months. 

If you do not receive the license, you will be not be able to trade.

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View the Zoo Licensing Act 1981. (Opens in a New Window)

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