New animal welfare regulations came into effect on 1 October 2018 for:
- selling animals as pets
- dog breeding
- providing for or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
- hiring out horses
- keeping or training animals for exhibition
Check the regulations and government guidance by visiting Gov.uk: Animal activities licensing.
To make sure animal welfare matters are properly addressed, certain specified categories of premises are subject to licensing regimes.
We are responsible for the issue of the following licences:
- Selling animals as pets
- Animal boarding establishments (cats and dogs)
- Dog Breeding
- Dangerous Wild Animals
- Hiring Out Horses
- Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition
All premises are inspected by our Licensing Team, and where necessary, an independent vet to ensure their suitability before the licence is granted.
Animal licence fees and charges
There is an additional charge for our appointed vet's inspection, where required, payable after the inspection has taken place, which can be paid online.
Fees and charges
View the current animal welfare fees and charges.
Making an application
To apply for a licence you will need to complete sections 1 and 7 and the relevant section(s) dependant on the activity you are applying to be licensed for: