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Animal licensing

The regulations surrounding most animal licensing changed on the 1st October 2018. These changes include a star rating scheme for licensed premises.

Statutory guidance


Animal activities licensing: guidance for local authorities

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

Animal Licensing fees


Animal licensing fees 2018/19

Animal Licence application forms


The application for each category of licence can be downloaded below:

Animal Boarding (PDF) [102KB]
Breeding of Dogs (PDF) [91KB]
Hiring of horses (PDF) [157KB]
Sale of animals (PDF) [118KB]
Performing animals (PDF) [104KB]

If you have a licence with us and wish the premises to be re-inspected to improve the star rating the form Re-rating form (PDF) [79KB] . You should ensure that you have carried out any works identified on your previous visit before doing this - ratings can be go down as well as up! This is a chargeable service - please see the fees documents above for the current fee.

Animal Licensing Register


Animal licensing register 2022

Zoos & Dangerous Wild Animal Licences


Zoos and dangerous wild animals are not covered by the new regulations but remain under previous legislation. The fees for these licences can be viewed here.

The application form for keeping a Dangerous Wild Animal Dangerous Animal Application Form (PDF) [23KB]

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