The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) came into force on 1 October 2018
Subject to certain criteria, the regulations require a licence for licensable activities:
- Selling animals as pets
- Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs, i.e. dog daycare, home boarding of dogs, kennelling dogs, and boarding of cats.
- Hiring out horses
- Breeding dogs
- Keeping or training animals for exhibition
Please visit the GOV.UK site for further details here:
Schedules 2 to 7 of the Regulations outline the conditions that apply to the various licensable activities, which operators must meet and adhere to.
DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs) has also produced statutory guidance relating to these activities.
The statutory guidance expands on the condition requirements contained in the regulations, providing in more detail what businesses and operators must do in order to meet the requirements.
Prior to applying for a licence, you should ensure that you have read and met the requirements.
Hiring out horses
Selling animals as pets
Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
Keeping or training animals for exhibition
Completed application forms
Applications and supporting documents should be submitted to: