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Zoo licence - Christchurch and East Dorset

Before you start

Your local council will take a number of factors into account when considering your application. You should read the  Application Evaluation Process for Zoo Licences before making an application.

Apply for a licence

You can apply for a new zoo licence, or change or renew an existing licence on Gov.uk.

Alternatively, complete the relevant application form and return it to us with the licence fee. 

Christchurch zoo licence application form

East Dorset zoo licence application form

Cost and payment

The fees are £80 per species, plus any additional vets/approved inspectors fees.

Cheques should be made payable to East Dorset District Council.

Renewing a licence

Applications to renew a licence will be considered no later than six months before the expiry of the existing licence, unless a shorter time period is allowed by the local authority. Each original licence will run for four years, consecutive renewals will run for six years. Failure or late application for renewal may invalidate any public liability insurance for the premises.

Changes to the licence i.e. name changes, ownership changes can be undertaken at the request of the operator, however a charge may be required. A licence can be transferred to another person with the approval of the local authority. On the death of the holder of a licence, the personal representatives of the deceased are deemed to be the holders during a three month period following the death, or longer with our approval.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent doesn't apply to this licence. It is in the public interest that the council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the council within a reasonable period please contact them using the details below.

Refused applications

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If your application is refused, you may appeal to a magistrates' court within 28 days from the date on which you received written notification of the refusal.

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