Animal Welfare Regulations 2018

On 1 October 2018, The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force. These regulations were amended on 1 February 2022.

These Regulations have replaced the old regime of licensing animal activities. If you would like to know more please visit

The above legislation applies to the following:

  • pet shops
  • home boarders
  • kennels
  • riding establishments (hiring our horses)
  • dog breeders
  • catteries
  • doggy day care
  • performing/exhibition of animals

There are no changes to Dangerous Wild Animals Licences or Zoo Licences. 

There are two sets of conditions that will apply to licences:

  • A set of general conditions that apply to all licences and
  • a set of specific conditions that apply to the specific animal activity

It is necessary to comply with both sets of conditions. 

Please see the relevant guidance and legislation for the following:

  1. The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018
  2. Procedural Guidance for Animal Activities Licensing 2018
  3. Guidance Notes for Breeding Dogs 2018
  4. Guidance Notes for Boarding Dogs in Kennels 2018
  5. Guidance Notes for Home Boarding Dogs 2018
  6. Guidance Notes for Doggy Day Care 2018 
  7. Guidance Notes for Boarding Cats 2018
  8. Guidance Notes for Selling Animals as Pets 2018
  9. Guidance Notes for Keeping/Training Animals for Exhibition 2018
  10. Guidance Notes for Hiring Out Horses 2018

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Applications can be completed either by post or email - please contact 01785 619000 and ask for the Licensing Team, or email 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 £200 on application and before the licence is granted, a further £122 is payable for enforcement costs. The application fee for performing/exhibition of animals only, is £145, then a further £78 for enforcement costs. 

Please note that an additional fee will be payable on applications for dog breeding and riding establishments; Stafford Borough Council are required to employ the services of a qualified vet to carry out an inspection for these activities.

The following FAQs provide more details of the system of regulation.


If you have been inspected and do not feel the star rating reflects your animal welfare standards or risk level of the business at the time of inspection, you can appeal.

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