Animal Welfare Licensing
The Government has recently published the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
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:
- breeding dogs
- hiring out horses
- keeping or training animals for exhibition
- providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
- selling animals as pets
The regulations came into effect on 1 October 2018, introducing a new licensing regime to replace the licensing and registration regimes currently in place under the following legislation:
- Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
- Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999
- Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925
- Pet Animals Act 1951
- Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970
If you have a licence under one of the above pieces of legislation that was in force on 1st October 2018, 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.
- Animal welfare act 2006
- Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018
The new welfare laws will mean that more people who run animal businesses will have to register with their local council.
Dog day boarders, keepers of exhibition animals and dog breeders must contact Barnet Council ahead of Government legislation which has become law since the 1 October 2018. These groups will be covered by the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and anyone who does not register could be guilty of an offence.
Anyone who operates a business looking after dogs away from their homes during the day will need a licence. People who keep exhibition animals in the course of their business for educational or entertainment purposes will also need to register - this includes businesses such as falconry displays, dove releases, animal encounter experiences, or pat-a-pony days.
The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now published 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.
- Guidance notes for selling animals as pets
- Code of practice for the welfare of cats
- Code of practice for the welfare of dogs
- Guidance notes for breeding dogs
- Guidance notes for boarding dogs in kennels
- Guidance notes for dog day care
- Guidance notes for boarding cats
- Guidance notes for home boarding dogs
- Guidance notes for hiring out horses
- Guidance notes for the exhibition of animals
- Procedural guidance for animal activity licensing
How to apply
To apply for a licence you will need to complete sections 1 and 7 and then any of the other relevant section(s) dependent on the activity you are applying to be licensed for:
- Section 1 - Standard Introductory
- Section 2 - Pet Vending
- Section 3 - Breeding and sale of dogs
- Section 4 - Animal boarding
- Section 5 - Riding establishment (Hiring Out Horses)
- Section 6 - Performing animals
- Section 7 - Declaration
Please download and complete the appropriate forms and send them to:
2nd Floor Annex, Barnet House
1255 High Road
Application forms must be accompanied by the appropriate application fee.
Details of all fees associated with these applications can be found in the Animal Licence Fees and Charges schedule.
- Health and Safety Team
- Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone London N20 0EJ
- Tel: 020 8359 7995
- FAX: 0870 889 6793
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org