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On 1 October 2018 the Government introduced the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 under Section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006
The new Regulations allows for a single licence to be issued which lists the licensable activities you carry on.
Those carrying on the following licensable activities will require a licence:
Licenses for Dangerous Wild Animals and Zoo licence have not been affected by the new Regulations.
Defra have published guidance documents for each licensable activity to assist businesses in meeting the new requirements set out under those Regulations.
If you already have a licence, this will be valid until the expiry date shown on the licence. You will then need to apply for a licence under the new regulations.
To apply for any of the above listed activities please complete our online application form and pay the relevant Animal Welfare licence fee.
You need a licence if you sell animals as pets in the course of a business.
This includes the import, distribution and sale of animals by a business. It applies to domestic premises and tradition pet shops where animals are available for purchase.
You need a licence if you provide or arrange for the provision of accommodation for other people’s cats or dogs in the course of a business. This includes:
You need a licence if you hire out horses in the course of a business for either or both of the following purposes:
Horse includes an ass, mule or hinny.
The Local Authority is required to appoint a Vet to inspect the premises where the activity is being carried on every 12 months.
You need a licence for either or both of the following:
The Local Authority is required to appoint a Vet to inspect the premises on receipt of the initial application.
You need a licence for keeping or training animals for exhibition in the course of a business for educational or entertainment purposes to any audience attending in person or by recording of visual images of them by any form of technology that enables the display of such images.
The regulations prescribe general licence conditions contained in Schedule 2 of the regulations that will attach to all licences and specific licence conditions contained in Schedules 3 – 7 of the regulations that will apply to individual licences depending on the licensable activities.
See a list of our current fees which are fixed until April 2020. You are required to pay a fee on application and a fee on grant of a licence.
If a veterinary inspection is necessary you will also be charged the vet’s fee
The Local Authority must use a risk based system when issuing animal activities licences.This system will be used to determine both the length of a licence and the star rating.Details of this can be found in the Procedural Guidance Notes for Local Authorities, found through the Guidance document link.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.