To run a zoo in West Lancashire, you need a licence from the Council. The licence will be subject to a thorough inspection of the operation, fees and conditions to ensure the proper conduct of the zoo.



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Zoo licence: £2,963.35 + vet fee. Licences last for 6 years.

The licence fee of £2963.35 is comprised of (a) an initial fee of £844.55 and (b) a successful application fee of £2118.80. For ease, the full licence fee can be paid on application. In such cases, fee (b) would be refunded if your application is refused.

If you wish to pay fee (a) and fee (b) separately, please contact the Licensing Service. Fee (a) should be paid on application and fee (b) should be paid if your licence is granted.  

Please note that successful applicants will not be issued with a licence without payment of the fee in full.

Will tacit consent apply?

Once your application is received the Council will consider if the application is suitable for a dispensation under the legislation if its size and nature suggest that it may be eligible.

If dispensation is not available then an inspection of the premises will be undertaken by the Council and one or more Secretary of State nominated inspector(s).

Tacit consent does not apply due to public safety and animal welfare issues.