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Friday , July , 20 2018
New Animal Licensing Regime
On 1 October 2018 The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into force. These regulations will replace a number of pieces of existing legislation set to be repealed at the end of 2018 and will provide a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities.

Those undertaking the following activities will need to be licensed under the new regime:
  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including day care)
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition
Licences held under the current system relating to pet shops, animal boarding establishments, riding establishments or dog breeding will continue in force for the rest of their term. Licence holders will then need to make an application for a licence under the new regime and comply with the new requirements.
The new Regulations set nationally applicable conditions that licence holders must comply with. A ratings system will be introduced whereby licence holders will be given a rating dependant on specified criteria. Current licence holders are advised to consider the conditions contained within the new regulations which will need to be complied with.
The Regulations can be found here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/486/conten...
Fees for the new Licensing regime will be determined by the authority.
Zoos and Dangerous and Wild Animals will continue to be licensed under existing legislation.
Further information will be placed on this page when available.

Animal Boarding

You need a licence to run a boarding kennel or cattery. The number of dogs and cats that can be accommodated, along with any other conditions, will be specified on the licence.

Animal boarding establishments

You need a licence to run a boarding kennel or cattery. The number of dogs and cats that can be accommodated, along with any other conditions, will be specified on the licence.

Public register

There is no legal requirement to keep a register. Please contact us if you want to know whether a premises is licensed.

Eligibility criteria

At the time of the application, you must not be disqualified from any of the following:

  • Keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • Keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • Keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954

When processing your application, we will consider the following:

  • That the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions.
  • Suitable food, drink and bedding will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly
  • That steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease and that isolation facilities are in place
  • That adequate protection is provided in case of fire and other emergencies
  • A register is kept containing:
    • Description of all animals received
    • Arrival and departure date
    • Name and address of owner

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