Zoo licence

New legislation coming into force on 1st October will change the way licences are issued and administered. Please follow this link for further advice


The Zoo Licensing Act applies to any establishment, other than a circus or a pet shop, where animals that are not normally domesticated in the UK are kept for public exhibition on more than seven days in any consecutive twelve month period.

Licences are granted initially for four years and are normally renewable every six years thereafter.  Specified standards of 'modern zoo practice' have been published by the Secretary of State for the Environment and can be found on the DEFRA website.  Local authorities must have regard to these standards.  Inspections before issuing a licence and on renewal of a licence will involve veterinary practitioners appointed by both the local authority and DEFRA. Applicants are responsible for all veterinary charges.  Applicants should apply at least six months before the intended start date of their licence.

Read our animal activity licensing privacy notice for information on how we collect, store and process your data.


Return your application form(s) to:

Animal Welfare
Brighton& Hove City Council
2nd Floor Bartholomew House
Bartholomew Square

If you have any queries contact:

email: ehl.animalwelfare@brighton-hove.gov.uk
tel: (01273) 292170