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Animal Welfare Licensing Overview 

Any business providing relevant licensable activities must apply for a licence from their Local Authority. New regulations made under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 were implemented on 1st October 2018. These introduced a single licensing regime for a range of licensable activities involving animals.

Those licensable activities include:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats and dogs. These include running a cattery business, providing boarding for dogs in kennels, in the home or at a day care facility
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding Dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Selling animals as pets can take place in the home, in a pet shop, online by adverts in selling pages or social media or as part of another business. All sellers operating a business of selling pets must hold a licence issued by the Local Authority and make that licence number available in any advertisement.

Hiring out horses includes such activities as riding schools, polo schools, trekking, hacking and instruction.

Keeping animals for exhibition includes pony parties, Christmas reindeer, animal displays at schools and similar events and animals used for TV and film as well as domesticated animals used in a circus or similar show.

If you are unsure whether you need a licence, give me a call and I can provide advice and support in making an application and what needs to be done to ensure a successful application outcome.

I am also able to provide bespoke training on the new regulations and licensing regimes to businesses and Local Authorities. Let’s have a chat about what you require.

Linda... has successfully negotiated with Local Authority Licensing Teams on our behalf regarding their interpretation of the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of our applications.

NL – Brand Events London

Linda was great, clearly has a lot of knowledge and more importantly she knows how to share her knowledge and experience.

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Linda was able to demonstrate how situations can be resolved and actioned on an officer level with examples of practical applications.

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