Zoos in Devon

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

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.

You will also need to:

Application forms with the correct fees should be addressed to the Licensing team and sent to the, 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 and these will be attached as zoo conditions (pdf 26KB) to a licence.

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.

Source: www.northdevon.gov.uk