Zoos are regulated by the Council under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981

Do I need a licence?

The licensing of zoos is a specialist field and the regulations are complex.

If you are thinking of setting up a zoo, it is recommended that you contact a specialist officer first for advice and guidance: 
email: licensing@doncaster.gov.uk

What do I need to apply?


  1. Complete the ‘Notification to operate’ found under apply now
    The local authority cannot consider an application unless at least two months’ notice of the application has been given, plus publication of details in a local and national newspaper and a notice placed at the site.
  2. After 2 months notice has elapsed since submitting your notification, complete the ‘application to operate’ and apply online

How do I apply?

Apply online using the link below (under apply now) 

How much does it cost?

Application Fee - £1,972.00

How long does the process take?

After a successful application there is a further 28 day consultation period.

The Local Authority must consult the police, fire authority, governing body of any national institute concerned with zoos, adjoining authority if the zoo overlaps the area of that authority and any person wishing to object on grounds of alleged injurious effect on the health or safety of persons living in the area.

The Local Authority must arrange an inspection by a consultant inspector from the list of suitable inspectors nominated by the Secretary of State.


The licence will be issued within 14 days following the completion of all consultations.

Apply now

Additional Information

Department for the Environment

The Council works in close partnership with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on all aspects of zoo licensing.

Other links 




Last updated: 02 April 2024 11:39:03

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