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.
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.
|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 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.
|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