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Apply for a performing animal licence

If you want to keep or train an animal for exhibition you must apply for a licence. This includes mobile animal exhibits which visit schools, parties and fairs.

It costs £474.25 (plus any applicable vets fees) for a new or renewal licence, all licences last for 3 full calendar years.

Please check the DEFRA guidance for information on licence conditions.

If you’re entering an animal into a televised talent show, please contact the Senior Animal Welfare Officer.

Applying for a licence

Before applying for any animal welfare licences you should discuss your business proposal with the Senior Animal Welfare Officer first. If your application is for a new or purpose-built premises, you’ll also need planning permission before your application can be considered.

To apply in writing, complete the downloadable application form and return it to the address on the form. We aim to process applications within 25 days. Please contact us if we have not given you a decision after this time.

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