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Animal Activities Licences

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 provides a single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities:

Dog Breeding

Dog Daycare

Dog Home Boarding

Boarding in Catteries and Kennels

Hiring out Horses

Selling Animals as Pets

Training and Keeping Animals for Exhibition


How to apply

Please complete the relevant form below and email to [email protected] including any supporting documents.

Please call 01642 524802 to pay the appropriate fee. See our Licensing Fees and Charges webpage for a full list of application fees.

Upon application an officer will contact you to arrange an inspection of the premises where the animal activity will take place. To ensure that the premises meets the requirements of the Act we may authorise a veterinary surgeon to inspect the premises. The fee for this is not included in the application fee and will be invoiced separately.

Contact us about an animal activities licence



Animal activities application form

Variation to an existing animal activities licence form

Request for a reinspection form (Animals Activities Star Rating System)

Appendix 1 - Selling animals schedule

Appendix 2 - List of horses for inspection

Appendix 3 - Keeping or training animals

Appendix 4 - Schedule of dogs for breeding

Appendix 5 - Arranger's hosts details


Regulation summary and guidance notes

Copies of relevant legislation can be found on the website.

Please read the current DEFRA guidelines GOV.UK website. before applying for a licence.

Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of this application. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Service on telephone 01642 524802 or alternatively email us at [email protected]


If we refuse your application

If we do not issue a licence, and you wish to appeal this decision, contact First-tier Tribunal General Regulatory Chamber to launch an appeal. 

For more information about the appeal process, and the form you'll need apply at the GOV.UK website.

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