A licence is required for any person wishing to keep a collection of animals not normally native to this county. We set licence fees locally. All animal welfare related law is currently being reviewed by Government.
Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are trying to find a licensed establishment in Wychavon, or if you are thinking of starting a zoological collection.
We try to make sure that all animals are well looked after, that the layout of any facilities are suitable and that staff are trained. It's very unlikely that anyone will be able to open a zoo for purely commercial reasons: there has to be a genuine educational or conservation reason.
An initial licence is for a zoo lasts for four years. Renewed licences last 6 years.
The application process is complex; however there is much guidance available. Please email if you are thinking of applying for a licence.
We become responsible for the cost of care of animals in default of the licensee. If this happens, euthanasia is considered a last option. Good practice guidelines are by the Secretary of State.
Applicants for Zoo licences must advertise their intention nationally. We talk with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) who nominate a Vet to do an initial inspection and report (paid for by the applicant).
We inspect annually, and there is an interim inspection by the DEFRA nominated Vet.
Grant of a licence doesn't mean that we've given planning permission: consent under town and country planning law may still be required. Please contact our Planning Services on 01386 565565
At least two months before making an application for a licence, the applicant must give notice in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority of their intention to make the application. The notice must identify:
At least two months before making the application, the applicant must also publish notice of that intention in one local newspaper and one national newspaper and exhibit a copy of that notice. The notice must identify the location of the zoo and state that the application notice to the local authority is available to be inspected at the local authority offices.
|Application Evaluation Process||
When considering an application the local authority shall take into account any representations made by or on behalf of:
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 and 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:
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.
|Will Tacit Consent Apply?||
No. 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 a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
|Apply online||To download an application form, please visit our forms and fact sheets page.|
|Failed Application Redress||
Online facilities are available through the national Business Link website
|Licence Holder Redress||
Please contact us, 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.
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
A licence holder may appeal to a Magistrates' court or in Scotland to the sheriff against:
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.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Any person who wishes to appeal against a decision to close a zoo may apply to the local Magistrates' court. Appeals must be made within 28 days of the notice of our decision.
Anyone suffering nuisance due to noise, smells or similar because of a commercial premises should contact Worcestershire Regulatory Services (email email@example.com, phone 01527 881395).
All Licensing and Environmental Health Matters are now dealt with by Worcestershire Regulatory Services.
For direct public enquiries and referrals:
General Customer Enquiries
Telephone: 01905 822799