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Zoo Licence

Zoo Licence

Who needs to apply?

Any person running an establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition to the public (other than for the purposes of a circus or a pet shop) requires a licence.

In order to issue the licence the council will inspect the premises and consult other local agencies such as DEFRA, police, fire and the planning authority.

Licences are usually granted for four years. 

How to apply

A notice of intention to apply Form B [PDF, 52Kb], must be published in at least one national and one local newspaper and a further copy exhibited at the site of the proposed zoo.

A further notice to Local Authority Form C [PDF, 155Kb], detailing intention to apply, must be submitted to the council. Both notices must be submitted at least two months before a full application can be made.

Only after at least two months after the submission of notice of intent to apply, a full licence can be applied for.

You can download an application form for new and existing applicants Form D [PDF, 32Kb] and return it to the Licensing Department, PO Box 42, Church Square House, Scunthorpe, DN15 6XQ

All documents supporting your application must be supplied within three working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and rejected. The application process will not commence until all the information has been received.

If you require any further information, please contact the licensing team on licensing@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297750.

Fees and Charges

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.


We aim to deal with grant and renewal applications within 105 days. Tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted/renewed if you have not heard from us by the end of the above application period.

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Contact details


01724 297750

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 04/06/2018