Logo of the Dutch governmentGo to homepage

Government support for entrepreneurs

Zoo Licence

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you want to keep wild animals in a zoo in the Netherlands, you need a licence. You can obtain the zoo licenceExternal link (Dutch) from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. There are specific requirements regarding housing, animal care, registration of animals and working methods. In some cases, for instance if wild animals are being kept for temporary medical care or the specific animals are not on a protected animal list, the qualification 'zoo' does not apply. In those cases the obligation to hold a zoo licence does not apply.

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can apply for a zoo licence to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency