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Zoo licence - North Dorset

The licence is subject to a fee of £150 +VAT, any veterinary fees would be extra. Conditions will be attached to a licence to ensure the proper conduct of the zoo.

Apply for a licence

When considering your application we take into account any  representations made about it.

Complete the zoo licence application form and return it to us with the licence fee. 

Before granting or refusing to grant the licence, we consider any inspectors' reports based on their inspection of the zoo, consult you about any conditions you propose should be attached to the licence and make arrangements for an inspection to be carried out. We will provide at least 28 days notice of the inspection.

Renewing a licence

Applications to renew a licence will be considered no later than 6 months before the expiry of the existing licence, unless a shorter time period is allowed by the local authority.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent will not apply as we have to give due consideration to the health and safety of people living near a zoo and we will not grant the licence if we feel the zoo would adversely affect this, or would seriously affect the preservation of law and order or if we are not satisfied that appropriate conservation measures would be satisfactorily implemented.

Refused applications

An application may also be refused if:

  • we are not satisfied that accommodation, staffing or management standards are suitable for the proper care and wellbeing of the animals or for the proper conduct of the zoo

  • you, or, if the applicant is an incorporated company, the company, or any of the company's directors, managers, secretaries or other similar officers, or a keeper in the zoo, have been convicted of any offence involving the ill-treatment of animals

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