Animal welfare licensing

Businesses that require a licence

On 1 October 2018, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force. These regulations replace some existing pieces of legislation, set to be repealed at the end of 2018. They will provide a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities. 

Those undertaking the following activities will need to be licensed under the new regime:

  • 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 an animal boarding, home boarding, pet shop, dog breeding or riding establishment licence with us then you can carry on trading until your current licence expires. Further information will be sent to you shortly.

The new regulations will set nationally applicable conditions that licence holders must comply with. A ratings system will be introduced whereby licence holders will be given a rating dependant on specified criteria. Current licence holders are advised to review their compliance with the new conditions.

If you wish to apply for a new licence, please contact the Licensing Team on 0208 547 5080 or e-mail [email protected]