Animal welfare

On 1 October 2018, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force. These regulations have replace some existing pieces of legislation. 

The new Regulations will provide a single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities which are: 

  • selling animals as pets
  • providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including day care)
  • hiring out horses
  • breeding dogs
  • keeping or training animals for exhibition

 If you already hold a licence under one of the headings above, the licence will continue until its expiry. Please contact the Licensing Department for further information. 

The new regulations set out a national approach to conditions that all licence holders must comply with. In addition, a new rating system is also being introduced where licence holders will receive a rating which will be dependent on specific criteria. 

Current Licence Holders are advised to read the relevant guidance documents below: 

 The licensing regimes for Zoos and Dangerous Wild Animals will continue to be licensed under the existing legislation. 

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