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Animal welfare licensing

General information

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 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
  • Zoos
  • 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:

Section 1 - Standard Application Profile pdf

Section 2 - Pet Vending pdf

Section 3 - Dog Breeding pdf

Section 4 - Animal Boarding pdf

Section 5 - Hiring out of Horses pdf

Section 6 - Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition pdf

Section 7 - Declaration pdf

Once completed, please send by email to, fee payments can then be made over the phone by calling 01277 312500.