Zoo Licence

You’ll need a zoo licence if you’ll be displaying wild animals to the public for at least seven days a year, in any place that’s not a circus or pet shop.

  • View the guidance and licence conditions on the GOV.UK website.

Applying for a Zoo Licence

At least two months before making an application for a licence, the applicant must give notice in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority of their intention to make the application.

The notice must identify:

  • the zoo's location
  • the types of animals and approximate number of each group kept for exhibition on the premises and the arrangements for their accommodation, maintenance and wellbeing
  • the approximate numbers and categories of staff to be employed in the zoo
  • the approximate number of visitors and motor vehicles for which accommodation is to be provided
  • the approximate number and position of access to be provided to the premises
  • how required conservation measures will be implemented at the zoo

At least two months before making the application, the applicant must also publish notice of that intention in one local newspaper and one national newspaper and exhibit a copy of that notice. The notice must identify the location of the zoo and state that the application notice to the local authority is available to be inspected at the local authority offices.

You can apply and pay online for a new or renewal licence and notify the Council of your intention to make the application below:

Apply for a zoo licence

When we have received your application and fee we will arrange to carry out the relevant inspections to make sure your premises meet the required standards.

If you are making a new application you will need to appear before the council’s Licensing Committee.

Please contact the Licensing Team for further information on fees.

Public Register

Name: National Marine Aquarium

Licence Number: ZL0001

Operator Name: Plymouth City Council

Issued: 10 July 2020

Starts: 14 July 2020

Ends: 13 July 2026

You can view the relevant licence, stock lists and inspection reports for the last five years below:


Inspection Reports

Stock Lists