New animal licensing regime

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These regulations will replace a number of pieces of existing legislation set to be repealed at the end of 2018 and will provide a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities.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

If you already hold an animal boarding, animal home boarding, pet shop, dog breeding or riding establishment licence with us then you can carry on trading until your current licence expires. Further information will be sent to you later in the year.

The new Regulations will 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 review their compliance with the new conditions.

The Canine and Feline Sector Group have collated information on the changes and these are available on their Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities involving animals) England Regulations 2018 page.

Fees 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.

 

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