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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The new regulations repealed and replaced the previous licensing regimes that were in place under the following pieces of legislation: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.

Procedural guidance notes for local authorities

Guidance notes for selling animals as pets

Guidance notes for providing day care for dogs

Guidance notes for providing home boarding for dogs

Guidance notes for providing boarding in kennels for dogs

Guidance notes for providing boarding for cats

Guidance notes for hiring out horses

Guidance notes for breeding dogs

Guidance notes for keeping or training animals for exhibition

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, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EQ. 

You can download the relevant application form here:

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

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