As of 1 October 2018, the activities listed below will be governed under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.
- 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
The information and list of guidance documents contained within this webpage will be updated shortly to reflect the new Licensing regime.
There are now several fees associated with the new regime which include,
- Processing Application
- Granting of Licence
The Fees and charges list for the activities above will be updated shortly.
Note: Charges do not include vets fees where appropriate, for inspections on application and throughout duration of licence.
Please contact Environmental Health should you have any further queries.
The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 require all dogs over the age of eight weeks to be microchipped.
If breeders or owners are found with dogs over this age that have not been chipped, this could result in prosecution or a FPN (Fixed Penalty Notice) of up to £500.
Licences are required for a variety of activities concerning animals. This webpage contains information relating to the following:
- Boarding animals (commercial and domestic)
- Dog breeders
- Dangerous wild animals
- Pet shops
- Riding establishments
- Responsible dog ownership
- Planning requirements
A LIST OF ALL ANIMAL LICENCED PREMISES IS IN THE DOCUMENT LIST
All licences detailed on this webpage require a licence fee to be paid. Our fees and charges can be found here.
Payments can be made using the GOV.UK website or via telephone by calling the Council's Environmental Health team on 01992 785511. Please note that application fees are non-refundable and charges apply when paying by credit card.
Should you have any queries in relation to the above licences, please contact the Environmental Health team using the details at the bottom of this page.
The following legislation applies:
§ The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
§ The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973
§ The Pet Animals Act 1951
§ The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
§ The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934
A licence is required to operate a boarding establishment. The Act defines an animal boarding establishment as a "premises of any nature (including a private dwelling) of a business of providing accommodation for other peoples animals".
Any person who breeds dogs to sell to the general public requires a licence. A breeding establishment is defined as follows:
A person keeps a breeding establishment for dogs at any premises if he/she carries on at those premises a business of breeding dogs for sale where, they breed and sell more than two litters in a 12 month period;
A person whose bitch or bitches give birth to five or more litters in any 12 month period is presumed to be carrying on a dog breeding business;
In general, a breeder whose rate of litter production brings him/her within this category will have to be licensed;
Bitches count towards the qualifying total if they are kept at any time during the 12 month period by the applicant/licence holder at the premises at which he/she is carrying on the business of breeding dogs for sale; or if they are kept at those premises by any of his/her relatives;
- 'Premises' includes a private dwelling.
Licences are granted annually and always expire on 31 December each year. Applications can be made through the GOV.UK website or by downloading the application form to the right of the page. Before applying, applicants should also read the conditions document.
The Government has published a list of animals that require a licence. A Dangerous Wild Animals Licence will only be granted once the Council is satisfied that keeping a wild animal would not be contrary to public interest on the grounds of safety or nuisance; that the applicant is a suitable person; and the animal's accommodation is adequate and secure. Where the local authority grants a licence it may impose conditions on the licence covering issues such as:
A requirement that the animal be kept only by the person or persons named on the licence;
Restrictions on the movement of the animal from the premises as specified on the licence;
A requirement that the licence-holder has a current insurance policy which ensures both licence holders and others against any liability caused by the animal.
Any person who keeps a pet shop must obtain a licence. A licence is granted annually and always expires on 31 December. A pet shop is a 'premises of any nature (including a private dwelling) of a business of selling animals as pets'.
You do not need a pet shop licence if:
- you sell the offspring of an animal you keep as a pet;
- you keep only pedigree animals which you breed;
- you breed pedigree animals or acquire them for show.
A pet shop licence may be applied for via the GOV.UK website or by downloading the application form to the right of the page. Before applying, applicants should also read the conditions document.
Any person who runs a riding establishment must obtain a licence. A riding establishment is "a business of keeping horses for either riding or hire, or the purpose of instruction for the return of payment".
A riding establishment licence may be applied for via the GOV.UK website or by downloading the application form to the right of the page. Before applying, applicants should also read the conditions document.
You should ensure your pet dog does not cause noise nuisance to your neighbours. DEFRA has produced a "is your dog barking too much" leaflet which is available in the related links section.