Who needs a zoo licence

You need a zoo licence if you keep animals:

  • that are not normally domesticated in the UK
  • to show to the public for more than 7 days in a year

You should apply at least 6 months before the start date of your licence.

You first licence is for 4 years. Then you'll need to renew it every 6 years. 

How we make sure zoos are responsible

The Secretary of State for the Environment sets the standards of modern zoo practice.

You can find the standards of modern zoo practice from DEFRA (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs).

We have to make sure that people who run zoos follow these standards. 


Before we give you a licence, we choose a veterinary practitioner with DEFRA to inspect your premises.

We'll also inspect your premises when your licence is up for renewal. You'll be resposible for the veterinary charges.

You can send an email to ehl.animalwelfare@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 292 170.

Establishments with Zoo Licences

Sea Life Brighton - Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TB