Animal welfare licences

Licensed premises are regularly inspected, and for some of these licences an annual inspection is carried out by a veterinary surgeon.

Changes to the animal licensing laws

The Government has now published updated legislation for animal businesses and confirmed that these changes will take effect from 1 October 2018. Under the new laws, animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers), dog breeders, pet shops and riding establishments will be covered under a single type of licence from that date. It will be known as an 'animal activity licence', with new nationally-set licence conditions for businesses providing animal-related services.

We cannot change these conditions as they are already set in the legislation. Businesses operating with these activities will need to comply with the new conditions, and will be assessed before the licence is granted to make sure they can meet them.

Those businesses operating under current licences will be able to continue to do so until the expiry date of their licence. All applications to renew licences will be under the new legislation. New applicants will need to have their licences in place by 1 October 2018.

The new licence conditions for each of the animal activities covered are set out below:

Draft guidance published

A report setting out how the new arrangements are going to work was presented to the Licensing Health and Safety and Enforcement Committee on Tuesday 31 July 2018. Members of the Committee agreed the fees that licence applicants will be charged for applications received after 1 October 2018.  Fee details are available in Annex 2 of the Committee report.

View a copy of the report:  Changes to licensing arrangements for animal based businesses (PDF 406KB)

Further updates will be posted as we receive them.

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