Licensing of zoos
Zoo licence - how to apply
This information complies with the new EU Services Directive that came into effect on 28 December 2009. This new directive aims to make it easier for businesses to set up or offer their services anywhere in the EU and apply and pay on-line for a licence. The directive covers a wide variety businesses including accountants, builders, food services, and leisure services.
Other services such as education, health, transport, planning, gambling, taxis and social services do not fall within the scope of the directive.
|Licence summary||To run a zoo in England, Scotland and Wales, you need a licence from Northampton Borough Council. The licence may be subject to fees, and conditions to ensure the proper conduct of the zoo. The fee for a zoo licence is currently £530.|
At least two months before making an application for a licence, the applicant must give notice in writing (including by electronic means) to Northampton Borough Council of their intention to make the application. The notice must identify:
|Regulation summary||A summary of the regulation relating to this licence|
|Application evaluation process||
When considering an application Northampton Borough Council shall take into account any representations made by or on behalf of:
|Will tacit consent apply?||
No. It is in the public interest that Northampton Borough Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from Northampton Borough Council within a reasonable period (60 days), please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
|Apply online|| Send notification of your intention to operate a zoo
Apply for a licence to operate a zoo
Tell us about a change to your existing zoo licence
|Failed application redress||Please contact Northampton Borough Council in the first instance. If the applicant is refused a licence, they may appeal to a magistrates' court or in Scotland to the sheriff within 28 days from the date on which the applicant receives written notification of the refusal.|
|Licence holder redress||
Please contact Northampton Borough Council in the first instance.
A licence holder may appeal to a Magistrates' court or in Scotland to the sheriff against:
|Consumer complaint||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, Citizens Advice Bureau can 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 or, in Scotland, to the sheriff. Appeals must be made within 28 days of the notice of Northampton Borough Council's decision.|
|Other redress||E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also if one licence holder complains about another.|