Animal Licences

Animal Licences

Information about licences including dog breeding establishments, home boarding for dogs, or keeping dangerous wild animals, to name a few.

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force on 1st October 2018, replacing previous legislation. Licences are required for the following activities;

  • Kennels
  • Catteries
  • Home boarding of dogs
  • Day care for dogs
  • Selling of animals as pets
  • Dog breeders
  • Riding Establishments and the hiring out of horses
  • The keeping or training of animals for exhibition

Should your business consist of more than one of the activities above, you will need to apply separately using the appropriate applications forms and will need to pay for both licence activities separately. The exception is animal boarding (which includes kennels, catteries, home boarding of dogs and day care for dogs) - these may be applied for using the same application form and you only need to pay a single licence fee of £200. All licensable activities at the same premises will be combined on a single licence.

The regulations can be viewed here.

Guidance is held on the Canine and Feline Sector Group website here. The Guidance was last updated on 30th November 2018. Note that you will need to read the guidance for the appropriate activity but also the procedural guidance as this describes the rating system. Each premises will be risk rated at inspection and will be given a star rating from 1 to 5, which will also determine whether the premises is granted a licence for 1, 2 or 3 years. Note that, for premises with more than one activity, the star rating will be determined by the lowest rated activity.

Licences for keeping Dangerous Wild Animals and Zoos are covered by separate legislation.

For information, fees, methods of payment and to apply, just click on the appropriate licence button above.