Animal Welfare licences
You will need a licence if you run a business that does the following activities:
- Day care for dogs – application form
- Providing home boarding for dogs – application form
- Providing boarding in kennels for dogs – application form
- Breeding dogs – application form
- Providing boarding for cats – application form
- Hiring out horses – application form
- Selling animals as pets – application form
- Keeping or training animals for exhibitions – application form
We strongly recommend that you read through the guidance notes on the available from the Canine and Feline Sector Group.
The animal licensing regulations
We licence animal welfare establishments under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.
Under these regulations, we also score the business by examining the overall environment and welfare standards using a matrix. You can see the scoring matrix here.
If you are applying for a new licence for breeding dogs, selling animals as pets, hiring out horses or exhibiting animals, we will also arrange a vet inspection.
Riding schools are inspected by a vet annually.
We will recharge the licence holder for all costs incurred in arranging the inspections (including the vet fees).
For a list of all our licence charges, please see our application fees page.
Current animal welfare licences
Please use this link to find businesses currently holding an animal welfare licence.
You can find out more information here for: