Licensing of Activities Involving Animals

On 1st October 2018 the law on Animal Licensing changed. Previously animal licensing was covered by numerous pieces of legislation, under these new changes they will now be condensed into 4, as follows:

If you are carrying on a business involving animals, under the new Animal Welfare Legislation you will require a licence for the following activities:

  1. Selling animals as Pets – this would include ‘Pet Shops’, ‘Selling Pets online’ or Selling animals to Pet Shops.

  2. Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats & dogs – this includes:-
    Catteries
    Kennels
    Home Boarding
    Commercial Dog Day Care Crèche’s

  3. Hiring out horses – this includes a business of either riding or instruction in riding (this includes Donkey’s).

  4. Breeding Dogs – if you breed 3 or more litters in a 12 month period (for the purpose of sale) or breed dogs and advertise a business of selling dogs you will require a licence. If you feel that you are not a business it will be your responsibility to prove to the local authority that you are not making a profit from the sale of dogs.

  5. Keeping or training animals for exhibition – this includes businesses exhibiting animals for educational or entertainment purposes (This replaces the performing animals registration). For example, mobile petting zoo’s, petting farms, bird of prey displays, animal encounter companies and anyone keeping or training animals for exhibition before an audience will require a licence.

For more information on these activities please read our summarised guidance document: Animal Licensing Guidance 

The DEFRA guidance notes for each licensable activity can be found on the following webpage: DEFRA Guidance

How to apply

Due to unexpected delays with online forms being published on the .Gov website, application forms are temporarily available from the Downloads & Resources area.

Once online submissions become available links will appear here.

Fee's and charges

Licence

Fee

Selling animals as Pets £505.00
Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats & dogs £445.00 (+ vet inspection fee if required)
Hiring out horses £528.00 (1-5 horses + vet inspection fee)
£721.00 (6+ horses + vet inspection fee)
Breeding Dogs £488.00 (+ vet inspection fee if required)
Keeping or training animals for exhibition £449.00

What if I already have a licence?

Any unexpired licence/authorisation granted in accordance with previous revisions shall continue in force as described below. Prior to the expiry of any such licence/authorisation a reminder will be sent to all licence holders advising them how to apply for a new licence.

  1. Animal Boarding - If you currently have an Animal Boarding licence it will expire on the 31st December 2018 and you will need to apply for a NEW ‘Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats & dogs’ Licence under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.
  2. Pet Shops - If you currently have a Pet Shop Licence it will expire on the 31st December 2018 and you will need to apply for a NEW ‘selling animals as pets’ Licence under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.
  3. Riding Establishments – If you currently have a Riding Establishment Licence it will expire on the 31st December 2018 and you will need to apply for a NEW ‘Hiring out horses’ Licence under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.
  4. Dog Breeding - If you currently have a Dog Breeding Licence it will expire on the specified date shown on your licence. A minimum of 10 weeks prior to your expiry you will need to apply for a NEW ‘Breeding Dogs’ Licence under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.
  5. Performing Animals Registrations - If you currently have a Performing Animals registration it will expire on the 31st March 2019, 10 weeks prior to this you will need to apply for a NEW ‘Keeping or training animals for exhibition Licence’ under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.

Zoo & Dangerous wild animals licences remain unchanged, however if you need to apply for these licences see the below links:

Exotic, dangerous or wild animals licence

Zoo Licence

How long will the licences last?

  1. Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats & dogs - New Applications will last for 1 year as there is no compliance history and therefore they will be deemed as high risk. For existing licences the length on the licence will be determined by their risk rating. Licence length can be between 1-3 years depending on whether they are meeting higher standards of animal welfare.
  2. Selling animals as pets - New Applications will last for 1 year as there is no compliance history and therefore they will be deemed as high risk. For existing licences the length on the licence will be determined by their risk rating. Licence length can be between 1-3 years depending on whether they are meeting higher standards of animal welfare.
  3. Hiring out horses – New Applications will last for 1 year as there is no compliance history and therefore they will be deemed as high risk. For existing licences the length on the licence will be determined by their risk rating. Licence length can be between 1-3 years depending on whether they are meeting higher standards of animal welfare.
  4. Breeding Dogs - New Applications will last for 1 year as there is no compliance history and therefore they will be deemed as high risk. For existing licences the length on the licence will be determined by their risk rating. Licence length can be between 1-3 years depending on whether they are meeting higher standards of animal welfare.
  5. Keeping or training animals for exhibition – all licences are for 3 years. There are no risk assessments applied for these activities.

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Last updated: 01 April 2019 15:47:05