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To open a zoo in England, Scotland and Wales, you will need a licence from the Council.
At least two months prior to applying for the licence, the applicant must inform the Animal Welfare team in writing (or email) of the following things:
The applicant will also be required to publish notice of their plans in at least one local, and one national newspaper two months prior to making the application. This notice must include the proposed location of the zoo and inform the public that the application notice will be available to read at the Council House, Coventry.
The cost of a Zoo Licence is £2,340.00 plus all DEFRA inspector charges for existing zoo licences. (A Zoo Licence runs for four years. You will need to renew your licence after this period.)
If you wish to appeal you should contact the Animal Welfare team. The appeal must be made within 28 days from the date on which the licence holder receives the decision in writing.