FOI Request - Zoo Licensing Procedures
1. Please could you confirm whether or not you have any zoos operating in your area and, if so, please could you provide me with the name and (if applicable) any dispensation that has been granted to the zoo (for example, under s.14 of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 or s. 4 of the Zoo Licensing Regulations for Northern Ireland).
2. For any zoos which have been granted a dispensation under zoo licensing regulations, please could you let me know the date when the zoo’s dispensation status was assessed to ensure that it is still relevant.
3. For every zoo for which such information is held, please could you provide me with the following for a period beginning the 1st January 2008 and ending 1st July 2014
a. Current and historic zoo licences (including any conditions attached to the licences)
b. All zoo inspection reports (formal, informal and special)
c. Any available pre-inspection audits
d. All animal stocklists held by the council
e. Any correspondence between the zoo and the local authority with regard to licensing
f. Copies of any “Directions” issued to the zoo under ss. 16 – 16C of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 or ss. 17 – 19 of the Zoo Licensing Regulations for Northern Ireland for failure to comply with licence conditions
4. In addition, if any of the zoos also hold licences under the Pet Animals Act 1951 (England, Wales, Scotland only), please could you provide me with (for the same period as above):
a. Current and historic pet shop licences (including any conditions attached to the licence)
b. All inspection reports
This information is exempt under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; information otherwise accessible. The information can be found here.