A licence is required for any of the following activities involving animals:
- Selling animals as pets;
- Providing or arranging boarding for cats;
- Providing or arranging boarding in kennels for dogs;
- Providing or arranging home boarding for dogs;
- Providing or arranging day care for dogs;
- Hiring out horses;
- Breeding dogs; and
- Keeping or training animals for exhibition
As of the 6 April 2020 no puppies or kittens under six months of age may be sold as pets from a pet shop. Therefore anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten must either deal directly with the breeder or with an animal rescue / re-homing centre
Any person disqualified from operating a pet shop, keeping a dog, keeping an animal boarding establishment, keeping a riding establishment or having the custody of animals, or who has had a licence previously granted under other animal welfare legislation revoked, should not apply for a licence.
Different activities are applied for using the same application form.
Application and guidance notes
There are different guidance notes depending on the type of licence you are applying for, please ensure you select the correct one from the list:
Processing and timescales
An inspection of the premises will be carried out before any licence is granted.
A copy of the application may be sent to other interested parties (such as the RSPCA) for comment.
Any comments should be received within 28 days of the application being received from the applicant.
We will take into account the outcome of the inspection and will only grant a licence provided that we are satisfied that the licence conditions will be met and that the appropriate fee has been paid.
There is a right of appeal against a decision to refuse to grant or renew a licence.
Validity and renewals
A licence may be granted for one, two or three years, depending on the outcome of the inspection, with the exception of keeping or training animals for exhibition; in this instance the licence is granted for a period of three years.
An application to renew a licence must be made before the expiry date of any existing licence.
A licence may be varied on application in writing by the licence holder, or by us (with the written consent of the licence holder).
To request an extract from the register email: email@example.com
Please contact us in the first instance.