Animal welfare licensing

Animal Welfare Regulations 2018​​​

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into effect on the 1st October 2018.  The effect of the new regulations is to replace some existing licensing regimes and to 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

If you have a licence under the old legislation it will continue to be valid until it is due to expire.  You will then need to apply for a licence under the new regulations.

Guidance from DEFRA​ and Application Forms

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now produced procedural guidance for local authorities in relation to the new regulations, along with guidance notes on the conditions that will apply to licences issued to authorise the different licensable activities.  The procedural guidance and other guidance notes can be downloaded:

Breeding Dogs


Selling Animals as Pets




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