Animal licensing has changed

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, came into effect 1 October 2018. It changes the current licensing arrangements for:

  • Pet shops
  • Animal boarding establishments (commercial boarding kennels, catteries, home dog boarding, dog day care)
  • Dog breeding establishments
  • Riding establishments
  • Keepers and trainers of performing animals (certificate of registration current requirement)

Existing licences remain in force for the remainder of their term, under the current regulations in place. Renewal licences and all new licence applications after 1 October 2018 will need to be made under the new regulations.

The regulations provide licence conditions and guidance, more information on how to meet the standards required can be found at:

View the full legislation

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