Animal Activity Licensing

From the 1st October 2018, The Animal Welfare (licensing of Activities Involving animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into effect.

Licences for the following activities will be needed when carried out as a business with the exception of breeding. All activities will be assessed as to whether they need a licence. If you are unsure if you need a licence please contact Environmental Health. If you are trading illegally and then apply for a licence then this may impact on the consideration of your application.

  • Selling Animals as Pets
  • Providing or Arranging for the Provision of Boarding of Cats or Dogs Which includes:-
  • Cat boarding
  • Kennel Boarding for Dogs
  • Home Boarding for Dogs
  • Day Care Boarding for Dogs
  • Hiring Out Horses For Riding or Instruction in Riding
  • Breeding Dogs
  • Keeping or Training Animals For Exhibition

If you have a licence

If you have an existing valid licence, you don’t need to renew it until it expires. The application process does take 10 weeks so if you do not want a break in your licence term then you must apply at least 10 weeks prior to your current licence expiring.

If you have a dog boarding licence and also look after dogs in the day, you will need to obtain a licence for this activity too if the operation is different to the home boarding operation. 

If you don’t have a licence or you need a new one

Application forms are available at our contact centres and are activity specific. Each application form has an accompanying guidance document you will need to read and also the appropriate fees that need to accompany the application are also available.

 

Eligibility

The licence holder must be a named person who is not disqualified from holding a licence in accordance with the requirements of regulation 11 of the regulations. A person cannot apply for a licence if they have previously had a licence revoked under the Regulations or is disqualified from keeping an animal under any other legislation.

 

Application Forms and Fees

The following documents are application forms which are activity specific, and appropriate fees. Please note home boarding licences and day care licences are to be submitted on the animal boarding application. Licences for home boarding and day care cannot be run at the same premises.

File type Title Size
Fees and charges
95 Downloads
294.14 KB
Pet Vending
17 Downloads
465.15 KB
Performing animals
19 Downloads
452.2 KB
Licensing of activities and fees involving animals
32 Downloads
197.89 KB
Hiring out Horses
32 Downloads
460.74 KB
Dangerous wild animals
13 Downloads
356.93 KB
Breeding and sale of dogs
110 Downloads
653.55 KB
Animal boarding list
57 Downloads
426.39 KB

 

Guidance Documents

Guidance documents specific to each activity can be found at the links below.  For a copy of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and associated guidance documents for the relevant licensable Activities please see below.

File type Title Size
Animal Welfare Act 2006
8 Downloads
282.56 KB
Animal Welfare Regulations 2018
9 Downloads
207.69 KB
Boarding Cats
20 Downloads
1.11 KB
Boarding Dogs
48 Downloads
1.11 KB
Breeding and sale of dogs
109 Downloads
1.11 KB
Change log to guidance
3 Downloads
223.06 KB
Dog Day Care
16 Downloads
1.11 KB
Exhibition of Animals
6 Downloads
616.25 KB
Hiring out Horses
78 Downloads
1.11 KB
Procedural Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing
5 Downloads
685.12 KB
Selling Animals as Pets
24 Downloads
1.11 KB

 

Animal Licensing Policy and Guidance

Animal Licencing Policy and Guidance document

 

Public registers for animal licences

File type Title Size
Animal boarding list
90 Downloads
56.71 KB
Animal breeding list
85 Downloads
44.73 KB
DWA list
9 Downloads
136.11 KB
Performing animals list
10 Downloads
219.57 KB
Pet shops
9 Downloads
47.42 KB
Riding establishments list
83 Downloads
190.21 KB

Contacts

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