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Saturday , November , 18 2017

Animal Licensed Premises

Officers from Regulatory Services inspect premises every year to ensure that they comply with licence conditions. Premises are also subject to additional checks to ensure standards are maintained.

The standards relate to structure, safety, security, infectious disease control, and the suitability of the licence holder. The aim is to:

  • ensure minimum standards of welfare for animals
  • prevent the spread of disease and
  • ensure the safety of the public visiting these premises.

Periodic inspections are carried out to confirm standards are maintained, and in response to complaints.

Our advice to anyone using these premises is always:

  • check they are licensed, and ask to see the current licence
  • inspect the premises prior to leaving your pet, buying an animal, or taking a riding lesson
  • ensure that riding schools have current public liability insurance 

You and your premises need to be registered with the Council.

For an application form for a Zoo Licence, please email [email protected] or Telephone: 01228 817559.

Game dealing

Game dealers in England and Wales

From 1 August 2007 you no longer have to hold a local authority licence or an excise licence in order to take, kill or deal in game.

Restrictions on dealing in game birds and venison during the close season no longer apply. This means that you will be allowed to sell game and venison all year round provided the animals in question were lawfully killed.

If you deal in game birds or venison, you should check your source before you either:

  • sell
  • advertise
  • transport for purposes of sale

This is because you could be committing an offence if you know or have reason to believe that the game bird or venison you offer for sale was unlawfully killed, taken or poached during the close season.

Game dealers in Scotland

A licence to kill or take game in Scotland is still required.  Game licences for Scotland can be obtained from main Post Offices in Scotland.

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