Animal Welfare


Animal Welfare

Certain activities involving animals must be licensed by Rother District Council to protect the safety and welfare of the animals involved.

Officers inspect licensed premises before a licence is issued and may carry our further unannounced inspections during the year to check conditions are being maintained.

The aim is to ensure minimum standards of welfare for animals, prevent the spread of diseases and ensure the safety of the public visiting these premises.

Animal Boarding, Dog Breeder, Pet Shops and Riding Establishment Licences run for one year but always expire on the 31st December. Dangerous Wild Animal Licences run for two years from the date of issue and Zoo Licences run for four years from the date of issue when they are granted and for six years when they are renewed.

For information and advice on the different types of Animal Licensing, including details of fees and how to apply, please visit our dedicated pages on the left.

Our advice to anyone using one of these premises is as follows:

  • Check they are licensed by the Council and ask to see the licence
  • Inspect the premises prior to leaving your pet, buying an animal or taking a riding lesson
  • Ensure that riding establishments have current public liability insurance.

New animal licensing regime

Information on the proposed changes to animal licensing.


In 2016 the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) issued the following statement pertinent to vaccination requirements in the Licensing of Animal Boarding Establishments:

"An up-to-date veterinary vaccination record must be seen to ensure that dogs boarded have current vaccinations against canine parvovirus, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis (adenovirus) and, leptospirosis. The date of the most recent vaccination must be recorded preferably with a valid until date." Sct E5.2 CIEH Model Licence Conditions.

Certification from a veterinary surgeon of a recent protective titre test may be accepted in individual cases as evidence of protection against adenovirus, distemper and parvovirus.

The certificate must state that it is valid for the period of stay at the kennels. The interpretation of 'individual cases' will be undertaken by the responsible person but the (CIEH) statement concludes with the direction:

It is the decision of the kennel proprietor whether to accept such a certificate.

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