On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
You will need a licence to run a zoo. For the purposes of licensing, an establishment is considered a zoo if:
You will also need to complete a 'notification to operate a zoo' form. The notification to operate a zoo will need to be published in a local and national newspaper two months before a licence application is made.
A zoo licence from Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council is £1000.
You can get a licence from the licensing authority where your zoo will be located. This is usually the local council. If you do not know who that is, visit: Gov.UK, find your local council
To find notification to operate a zoo forms, costs and to apply for a licence, see the relevant licensing authority below:
Forest Heath District Council
For a notification to operate a zoo as well as an application form to run a zoo, visit: Gov.UK, zoo licence - FHDC
St Edmundsbury Borough Council
For a notification to operate a zoo as well as an application form to run a zoo, visit: Gov.UK, zoo licence - SEBC
How long is my licence valid for?
For new applicants a licence is valid for four years. A renewed licence is valid for six years.
Does tacit authorisation apply?
No, it does not. It is in the interest of the public that your application is fully processed before a licence can be granted.