Changes to licences involving animals
On 1st October 2018, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 comes into force. This will significantly change the way certain activities involving animals are licensed and regulated.
These new regulations impose conditions businesses must comply with and they will affect anyone carrying out the following activities:
- selling pets - including most suppliers and wholesalers
- boarding dogs and cats - including dog day care
- breeding dogs
- hiring out horses
- exhibiting animals
Most people carrying out these activities will need a licence from their local council.
How do I apply?
If you already have a licence, you don't have to do anything until your existing licence expires.
If you are a new applicant, the law will come into force on 1st October 2018.
The only exception to this is if you are already registered with us under the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925, in which case you must apply for a licence by 1st April 2019.
Guidance issued by central government
We are required to carry out an inspection of premises where licensable activities take place before a licence is granted. Each condition must be complied with by the licence holder according to the law - we cannot use 'discretion' when issuing a licence or inspecting a premises.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published guidance on licensable activities. You can view these documents below.
- Procedural Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing 2018
- Guidance notes for Breeding Dogs 2018
- Guidance notes for Boarding Dogs in Kennels 2018
- Guidance notes for Home Boarding Dogs 2018
- Guidance notes for Dog Day Care 2018
- Guidance notes for Boarding Cats 2018
- Guidance notes for Selling Animals as Pets 2018
- Guidance notes for Exhibition of Animals 2018
- Guidance notes for Hiring out Horses 2018