A licence is required for any person wishing to keep a
collection of animals not normally native to this county. We
set licence fees
locally. All animal welfare related law is currently
being reviewed by Government.
Please contact us if you are trying to find a licensed
establishment in Malvern Hills district, or if you are thinking of
starting a zoological collection.
We try to make sure that all animals are well looked after, that
the layout of any facilities are suitable and that staff are
trained. It's very unlikely that anyone will be able to open
a zoo for purely commercial reasons: there has to be a genuine
educational or conservation reason.
An initial licence is for a zoo lasts for four years.
Renewed licences last 6 years.
The application process is complex; however there is much
guidance available. Please contact us if you are thinking of
applying for a licence.
We become responsible for the cost of care of animals in default
of the licensee. If this happens, euthanasia is considered a last
option. Good practice guidelines are by the
Secretary of State.
Applicants for Zoo licences must advertise their intention
nationally. We talk with the Department of the Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) who nominate a Vet to do an initial
inspection and report (paid for by the applicant).
We inspect annually, and there is an interim inspection by the
DEFRA nominated Vet.
Grant of a licence doesn't mean that we've given planning
permission: consent under town and country planning law may still