Animal Activity Licence

Animal Welfare Licensing

As of 1 October 2018 the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities involving Animals) (England) Regulation came in to effect. The regulations cover:

  • animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers)
  • dog breeders
  • pet shops
  • riding establishments
  • keep or training animals for exhibition

These activities are covered under a single licence and you apply for the activities you require.

The regulations introduced a new licensing regime and replaced the following legislation:

  • Pet Animals Act 1951
  • Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970
  • Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999
  • Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925

The following licences are unaffected: