Apply for a licence to run a zoo

Find out how to apply for a zoo licence and the documents you need.

If you want to display wild animals to the public for at least 7 days a year, anywhere that’s not a circus or pet shop, you need a zoo licence.

You'll need to pay a non-refundable fee of £1,485 to apply.

You must tell us:

  • where the zoo will be
  • what kind of animals you’re going to keep and how many
  • how you’ll house and care for the animals
  • staff numbers and what they’ll be doing
  • expected visitor and vehicle numbers
  • zoo entrance and exit points and
  • how you’ll meet the conservation conditions

You'll need to return your form and supporting documents to You can also email the team if you have any questions before applying.

To pay the application fee you can:

  • call 01227 862 427 to make a phone payment
  • send a cheque made payable to Canterbury City Council

Apply for a zoo licence

Licences are valid for a year.