Animal related licences

If you want to run an animal related business, you may need a licence. Find out more using the links below:

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Dangerous and wild animals

You will need a licence if you wish to keep a dangerous wild animal as defined in the Schedule of Species attached to the  Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. This list is extensive and includes all species of wildlife.

Contact the Environmental Health team on 01543 308741 for more information.

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Dog and cat boarding establishments

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you will need a licence. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

We may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

There is a £145 fee to process your application. The fee is the same whether you apply online or by post. You can pay online if you apply online, or send a cheque if applying by post.

When applying, you will need to provide a site plan and layout of facilities and a copy of your public liability insurance certificate. These can be uploaded when you apply online.

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Dog breeding establishments

A licence may be required if you wish to breed dogs with a view to selling them (even if it's on a fairly small scale).

A licence is needed for any dog breeding establishment (including a private dwelling) that produces five or more litters of puppies for sale per year.

It is unlawful under the new regulations for a bitch to give birth more than once a year, therefore the five litters will have to be from five or more separate bitches.

Contact the Environmental Health team on 01543 308727 for more information.

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Horse riding establishment licence

You will need a licence if you wish to run a riding establishment (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction).

The fee you will pay depends on the information you supply in your application. Guidance on how to calculate the fee is given in the form and you will pay it online.

When applying, you will need to provide a site plan and layout of facilities, qualification certificate(s) (for example, from the British Horse Society), and a copy of your public liability insurance certificate. These can be uploaded if you apply online. Apply online or download our riding establishments application form.

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Pet shop licence

If you wish to run a business selling animals (or keeping animals with the intention of selling them) as pets, at any premises, including a private dwelling, you will need a licence. Contact the Environmental Health team on 01543 308736 for more information.

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Zoo establishment licence

Any establishment which keeps animals for public display, (other than a circus or pet shop - see above) will need a licence.

You must first complete a notification that you intend to apply and also publish a notice in a local newspaper, as well as a national paper. Two months after the notification you can apply.

You may also require planning permission for a zoo.

The fee you will pay depends on the information you supply in your application. Guidance on how to calculate the fee is given in the form and you will pay it online. 

The following supporting documents are required and can be uploaded:

  • Site/location plan
  • Plan showing proposed layout of the zoo
  • Planning permission
  • Animal accommodation plan
  • Annotated drawing or plan of animal accommodation
  • Entrances and exits plan
  • Annotated drawing or plan of entrances and exits to the premises
  • Stock list
  • Press notice
  • Public liability insurance certificate
  • Employer's liability insurance certificate

Download printable application form.


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