To operate a zoo in Sunderland you must first obtain a licence from us.
A zoo is defined as an establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition, excluding circuses or pet shops, to which members of the public have access with or without charge, on more than seven days in any period of 12 consecutive months.
The council must attach conditions to the licence, having regard to the Secretary of States Standards of Modern Zoo Practice.
Before applying to us for a zoo licence you must:
The notice of intention provided to us must identify:
Once you have served us the notice of intention, it will be available for public inspection free of charge at reasonable hours until the application is processed.
You will also need to consider whether planning permission is needed for your zoo. We may not be able to consider your zoo licence application until any planning issues have been resolved.
Application evaluation process
On receipt of your zoo licence application we are required to take into account any representations made by or on behalf of:
Providing there are no objections from us, we would then inspect the zoo with a Defra nominated zoo inspector.
The zoo inspector will be checking whether the following conservation measures are in place:
Before granting or refusing a license, we would first consider the zoo inspectors report and consult with you regarding the conditions that would be attached to the licence if it were granted.
The fee for zoo licence is £194.50
An additional charge will be made to cover fees and expenses incurred by the Defra nominated zoo inspector required as part of the licence application. You will be recharged this cost after their veterinary report has been received.
Will ''tacit consent'' apply?
Tacit consent does not apply to applications for zoos as the council must ensure that, should they be minded to grant an application:
Our target completion period for applications for licences is 60 working days from the time when all documentation and fees have been submitted.
If you have not heard from us within this period, please contact City and Neighbourhood team
Failed application redress
Please contact our City and Neighbourhood team in the first instance.
If an application for a licence is refused, the applicant can appeal to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.
An applicant also has the right to appeal to the Magistrates' court within the same time frame against any conditions attached to a licence.