On 1 October 2018 new legislation reformed animal welfare licensing including: the sale of animals; breeding dogs; hiring horses; boarding cats; boarding dogs; home boarding dogs; day care for dogs and keeping or training animals for performance
Businesses operating under current licences will be able to continue to do so until the expiry date of their licence. The definition of existing licensable activities has been amended, additionally new activities have been added (listed in the below table). A single licence known as an 'animal activity licence', with nationally set licence conditions will apply.
On 6 April 2020 The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 known in short as Lucy's Law made it unlawful for the sales of puppies and kittens (under six months in both cases) to be undertaken by anyone other than the breeder. The guidance notes downloadable in the table below have been updated with these changes highlighted in yellow.
|Animal activities: guidance notes, conditions, fees and application forms|
Fee: £160.56 of this is refundable, should a licence not be granted.
|Activity||Guidance notes||New application||Renewal||Application form (see how to apply notes)|
|a) Selling animals as pets||£496.52||£388.23|
|b) Providing boarding for cats||£496.52||£388.23|
|c) Providing boarding in kennels for dogs||£496.52||£388.23|
|d) providing home boarding for dogs||£472.45||£364.17|
|e) Providing day care for dogs||£472.45||£364.17|
|f) Hiring out horses|
|g) Breeding dogs|
|£388.23||This form is currently being updated please contact us if you require a form.|
|h) Keeping or training animals for exhibition||£496.52||£388.23|
Combination of activities: Greatest applicable activity application fee above plus £45.73 per additional activity. Contact us for application form.
Supplementary fees: Star rating reassessment request £185, transfer due to death of licensee £50, variations or transfers £50 (not entailing additional activities).
Veterinary Inspection: Inspections by our appointed vet are required before a licence can be granted to any new dog breeding premises. Businesses who hire out horses require an annual veterinary inspection. The costs of any veterinary inspections will be recharged to the licence holder following the inspection.
How to apply
To apply for your licence download and complete the appropriate form above.The form does not work on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Right click the link and select the 'save' option.
Next, fill in the application form on your computer. To edit the form you'll need a recent version of Adobe Reader. Open the form using Adobe Reader instead of your web browser. If you can not complete the form immediately do not worry, you can edit it in your own time. When complete print, sign and return the application.
The fee payable on application is a combined application and grant fee.
The Application portion of the fee covers all costs associated with determining the licence application and includes all administration and inspection fees. This portion is non refundable should we refuse your application.
The Grant portion of the fee includes recoverable, reasonably expected, enforcement cost, including training and an interim compliance visit during the licence period. This portion (£160.56) is refundable should we refuse your application.
Where a veterinary inspection is required (as indicated in the above table and, exceptionally, reactively with cause for any licence application visit) this is payable in addition to the application fee.
New dog breeding applications currently benefit from a fixed-fee veterinary inspection, price on application, payable before inspection takes place. Hiring horses and any other veterinary inspection is invoiced after the visit to recover the costs incurred by the Council.
Businesses must be given a star rating, ranging from one to five that must be listed on the licence. Safeguards including an appeal procedure and a mechanism for requesting a reinspection when improvements have been made will apply. The star rating determines the length of the licence from one to three years (except keeping/training animals for exhibition which must be granted for three years). The cost is the same regardless of the licence length, rewarding compliant businesses and driving up standards in the sector. Full details are available in the.
You can check who holds a licence on our