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Information for electors voting in the General Election 2024.

A UK parliamentary election has been called for 4 July 2024. Register to vote by midnight on 18 June 2024: GOV.UK: Register to vote. (opens new window) You can also vote by post: GOV.UK: apply to vote by post (opens new window). The deadline to apply is 5pm on 19 June 2024 or apply to vote by proxy by 5pm on 26 June 2024: GOV.UK: Apply to vote by proxy (opens new window)


Overseas electors may consider applying to vote by proxy. For more information see the General Election 2024 page.

Zoo licensing guidance notes

Definition of a zoo

Zoos are regulated by the Council under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and the Council works in close partnership with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on all aspects of zoo licensing.

Zoo is defined as being:

  • an establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition
  • to which members of the public have access,
  • with or without charge for admission,
  • seven or more days in any period of twelve consecutive months.

The wide scope of this definition means that licensed zoos range from:

  • traditional urban zoos
  • and safari parks

to small specialist collections such as:

  • butterfly houses
  • and aquaria.

The Zoo Licensing Act 1981 (as amended) requires the inspection and licensing of all zoos in Great Britain. The Act aims to ensure that,

  • where animals are kept in enclosures,
  • they are provided with a suitable environment to provide an opportunity to express most normal behaviour.

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