Animal Activity Licensing
Animal Welfare (Licensing of activities involving animals) (England) Regulations 2018
Changes to the law relating to Animal Activity Licensing came into force on 1 October 2018. The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 were made by the Secretary of State under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The effect of the new licensing regime is to improve the effectiveness of existing regulations and to simplify the application and inspection process for businesses, as well as maintaining and improving existing animal welfare standards.
The new regulations put in place a new licensing regime to control the following licensable activities:
- Selling animals as pets
- Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
- Hiring out horses
- Breeding dogs
- Keeping or training animals for exhibition
The new regulations repealed and replaced the previous licensing regimes that were in place under the following pieces of legislation:
- Pet Animals Act 1951
- Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
- Riding Establishments Acts 1964 & 1970
- Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 & Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999
- Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925
Guidance from DEFRA
The Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published procedural guidance for local authorities and guidance notes on the conditions that apply to each licensable activity. We recommend that businesses familiarise themselves with these documents that will assist in meeting the new requirements before submitting an application.
The new regulations do not affect the licensing of those who keep dangerous wild animals or operate zoos. These continue to be licensed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and the Zoo Licensing Act 1981.
To make an application
The application form should be completed and returned with the relevant fee and documents to:
Community Wellbeing, Gloucester City Council, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG. Alternatively you can email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the relevant application form and pre-inspection information sheet that applies to the activity or activities that you are applying for here:
Pre-Inspection Information Sheets
Animal Activity Licence fees are broken down into two parts:-
- An application fee payable at the time of application. This fee covers the costs associated with determining the application to the point that it is ready to issue; and
- A grant fee to cover remaining costs which is payable at the point that the application has been determined.
Please note that Licenses will not be issued until such time as all necessary fees have been paid, i.e. the application fee, the grant fee and veterinary fees (where applicable).
A single Animal Activity Licence will cover all animal activities carried out at the specified premises.