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Zoo licence - Weymouth and Portland

The licence fee is £426.90 and the licence is subject to conditions to ensure the proper conduct of the zoo.

View a  summary of the regulation relating to this licence.

Application evaluation process

When considering an application the local authority shall take into account any representations made by or on behalf of:

  • the applicant
  • the chief officer of police in the relevant area
  • the appropriate authority - this is either the enforcing authority or relevant authority in whose area the zoo will be situated
  • the governing body of any national institution concerned with the operation of zoos
  • where part of the zoo is not situated in the area of the local authority with power to grant the licence, a planning authority for the relevant area (other than a county planning authority) or, if the part is situated in Wales, the local planning authority for the area in which it is situated
  • any person alleging that the zoo would affect the health or safety of people living in the neighbourhood
  • anyone stating that the zoo would affect the health or safety of anyone living near it
  • any other person whose representations might show grounds on which the authority has a power or duty to refuse to grant a licence
  • before granting or refusing to grant the licence, the local authority shall:
    • consider any inspectors' reports based on their inspection of the zoo
    • consult the applicant about any conditions they propose should be attached to the licence
    • make arrangements for an inspection to be carried out (at least 28 days notice of the inspection shall be provided by the local authority)
  • the local authority will not grant the licence if they feel that the zoo would adversely affect the health or safety of people living in near it, or seriously affect the preservation of law and order or if they are not satisfied that appropriate conservation measures would be satisfactorily implemented

An application may also be refused if:

  • the local authority 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
  • the applicant, 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, has been convicted of any offence involving the ill-treatment of animals

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.

The Secretary of State, after consulting the local authority, may direct them to attach one or more conditions to a licence.

The local authority may advise the Secretary of State that, because of the small number of animals kept in the zoo or the small number of the kinds of animal kept there, a direction should be made that that a licence is not required.

Apply for a licence

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

Tacit consent

Tacit consent doesn't apply to this licence. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within 28 days, please contact it.

Refused applications

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If the applicant is refused a licence, they may appeal to a magistrates' court within 28 days from the date on which the applicant receives written notification of the refusal.

A licence holder may appeal to a Magistrates' against:

  • any condition attached to a licence or any variation or cancellation of a condition
  • the refusal to approve the transfer of a licence
  • a zoo closure direction
  • enforcement steps relating to any unmet condition

The appeal must be brought within 28 days from the date on which the licence holder receives written notification of the authority's decision as to the relevant matter.

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