If you are thinking of setting up a zoo, it is recommended that you contact us first for advice and guidance.

Inform us of your zoo plans

We can't consider an application for a zoo licence unless at least two months notice of the application has been given, details have been published in a local and national newspaper, and a notice (pdf 7.1KB) has been placed at the site.

Apply online for a zoo licence

You will also need to:

Application forms with the correct fees should be addressed to the Licensing team and sent to the council address, or you can hand them in at one of our offices.


The Zoo Licensing Act 1981 specifies various conservation measures that must be undertaken by a zoo. These will be attached alongside a series of standard zoo licence conditions and any other conditions specific to the establishment. (pdf 21KB)

North Devon Council can also attach any conditions it deems necessary or desirable for the proper conduct of the zoo. The Secretary of State also issues guidance of standards of practice that zoos should meet, which apply in England. Copies of the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice are available from DEFRA.

Further information