Animal Welfare Licensing Schemes
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak no new applications will be accepted until further notice.
Advice and guidance from CFSG (Canine and Feline Sector Group) for businesses who are continuing to operate during the Coronavirus outbreak can be found here:
We currently licence riding establishments, animal boarding establishments, home boarders, pet shops, dog breeders, and keeping or training animals for exhibition.
Application forms are available below:
The fees and charges for this service are available on the Animal Licensing Fees and Charges page.
Animal Activities Licensing
If you carry out any of the activities listed below, you need to take a look at the detailed guidance provided to check whether your activities are in scope.
The licensable activities are described as below:-
- Dog boarding
- Home boarding for dogs
- Dog day care
- Dog breeding
- Cat boarding
- Selling animals as pets
- Hiring out horses
- Keeping or training animals for exhibition
The following link provides guidance to the conditions relating to each activity mentioned above - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/animal-activities-licensing-guidance-for-local-authorities
The following three links are also helpful:-
- Canine & Feline Sector Group where all the guidance documents and the regulations are hosted
- The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018
- Procedural Notes for Local Authorities
There is a star based risk rating system and will allow licences to run for up to 3 years, depending on their star rating. The star rating however does not reflect the care provided. The Procedural Notes for Local Authorities explain how the system will work in more detail.
If you have any queries please call us on 0300 303 8588.
Please note that the licensing schemes for Dangerous Wild Animals and Zoos are unaltered by these changes.
Animal Welfare Licensing
If you want to keep a dangerous wild animal, before you get the animal you must get a licence under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
This law was put in place to ensure that people who keep dangerous wild animals do not cause any risks to the public and safeguard the welfare of the animals.
There are many types of animals referred to as a dangerous wild animal, for example crocodiles, the big cats, ostriches and many poisonous snakes. For a complete list see the Schedule contained in The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (No 2) Order 2007. Animals kept in zoos, pet shops and circuses are not covered by this legislation and need a different sort of licence.
If you are thinking of getting a Dangerous Wild Animal you must apply to us for a licence by completing theand returning this with the correct fee.
Animal Licensing Fees
Please visit our Fees and Charges page for information on our Animal Licensing Fees.