Animal activity licences

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

On 1st October 2018, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force.  These regulations were made under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and put in place a new licensing regime to control the following “licensable activities”:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Statutory Guidance from DEFRA

On 1st February 2022 the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published updated statutory guidance for local authorities in relation to the new regulations, along with statutory guidance notes on the conditions that apply to licences issued to authorise the different licensable activities.

These guidance notes apply to all applications for grant or renewal of licences after 1st February 2022.

 

The various statutory guidance notes can be reached via the links below:

Animal activity licensing process: statutory guidance for local authorities

Selling animals as pets licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities

Dog kennel boarding licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities

Home boarding for dogs licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities

Dog day care licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities

Cat boarding licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities

Hiring out horses licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities

Dog breeding licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities

Keeping or training animals for exhibition licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities