On 1 October 2018, The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force.
These regulations will update and make changes to the current animal licensing regime. If you would like to know more please visit legislation.gov.uk
The new legislation applies to the following:
- pet shops
- dog breeders
- home boarders
- doggy day care
- riding establishments (hiring out horses)
- performing/exhibition of animals
There are no changes to Dangerous Wild Animals Licences or Zoo Licences.
There will be new conditions that will apply to licences:
- A set of general conditions that apply to all licences and
- A set of specific conditions that will apply to the specific animal activity.
It is necessary to comply with both sets of conditions.
Defra has produced guidance documents to help current or prospective licence holders understand what will be required of them under the new legislation
Please refer to the guidance documents below for more information on the changes. We advise that you read the procedural guidance documents (1 and 2) and the specific documents relevant to your activities.
You may also find the following useful:
- Animal Welfare Act 2006
- Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs
- Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats
Applications can be completed either by post or email - please contact 01785 619000 and ask for the Licensing Team, or email email@example.com to request the application forms.
To make an application, there are three parts to complete:
Part 1 - Applicant information
Part 2 - For each licensable activity
Part 3 - Declaration
There are two stages to the payment of the fee. Currently a licence issued for one year is £165 on application and before the licence is granted, a further £100 is payable for enforcement costs.
The following FAQs will provide more details of the new system of regulation.