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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 These regulations will replace a number of pieces of existing legislation set to be repealed at the end of 2018 and will provide a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities.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
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.

Dog breeding

Under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999, you must have a licence to keep a breeding establishment for dogs., Carlisle City Council may issue licences to proprietors of breeding establishments stipulating conditions which must be complied with by the licensee.

Definition of a breeding establishment

A breeding establishment is defined as any premises, including a private dwelling, where a business of breeding dogs for sale is carried out.

A person is presumed to be carrying out the business of breeding dogs for sale where, they breed and sell more than two litters in a 12 month period, or during any 12 month period, five or more litters are born to his/her bitches which are:

(a) kept by him at any premises during any period of 12 months;

(b) kept by any relative of his at those premises;

(c) kept by him elsewhere; and

(d) kept by any person under a breeding arrangement with him.

The above will not apply if a breeder is able to prove that none of the puppies born to bitches at their premises or under a breeding arrangement was in fact sold during the 12 month period.

Eligibility criteria

You will not be granted a Licence if you have been disqualified from any of the following

 - Keeping a breeding establishment for dogs

 - Keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951

 - Having custody of animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954

 - Keeping a boarding establishment for animals under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963


Please contact us if you have a complaint about the welfare of animals or nuisance caused by a dog breeding establishment, or if you know of any Dog Breeders in Carlisle that do not have a Licence.

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