List of licensed premises

An updated list of all the animal welfare licensed premises. 

Animal Welfare - List of licensed premises

Animal licensing regulations

On 1 October 2018 The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force.

These have replaced a number of pieces of existing legislation at the end of 2018 and have provided 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, please find:

  • 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

A ratings system will also be introduced whereby licence holders will be given a rating based on specified criteria. 

Zoos and Dangerous and Wild Animals will continue to be licensed under existing legislation.

Current licence holders

Licences held under the old 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. We advise that current licence holders consider the new regulations before their renewal date.

New regulations

Licensing information

Premises where animals are kept for certain purposes need to be licensed by the council.

These are:

  • Animal boarding establishments
  • Dog breeding establishments
  • Pet shops
  • Riding establishments
  • Zoo and dangerous wild animal licensing

Officers from the Licensing Team inspect licensed premises annually to ensure that they comply with licence conditions.

The standards relate to:

  • Safety
  • Security
  • Infectious disease control
  • The suitability of the licence holder

The aim is to:

  • Ensure the welfare of animals
  • Prevent the spread of disease
  • Ensure the safety of the public visiting these premises

Periodic inspections are carried out to confirm standards are maintained. We will also investigate all complaints.

How much do licences cost?

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 Fees Structure from 1 April 2023

Licence Type

Application Fee


Re Inspection





Arranging Boarding for Cats/Dogs




Boarding for Cats /Dogs – Kennels





Boarding for Dogs – Home Boarding




Boarding for Dogs – Day Care




Breeding Dogs

(ex Vet fee)




Hiring out Horses

(ex Vet fee)




Selling Animals as Pets




Exhibition of Animals





Licence Type Application to vary the existing licence
Amendment to the licence/paperwork which does not require a visit £24
Amendment to Licence requiring an officer to visit £45 per hour

Dangerous and Wild Animal Licence Fee

  Part A Application Fee Part B Grant Licence
Dangerous and Wild Animal Licence £349 £246 plus vet fees.

Zoos and Dangerous Wild Animals

Apply for a zoo licence

The Zoo Licensing Act 1981 applies to any establishment - other than a circus or pet shop - where wild animals are kept for public exhibition on more than seven days in any consecutive twelve months.

Licences are granted initially for four years and thereafter are normally renewable every six years.

More information:

Paper application:

Print out and complete the form below. Cheques are payable to ‘Mid Sussex District Council’.

Zoo licence application printed form

Apply to keep a dangerous wild animal

Dangerous wild animal licence conditions

Please see the Government website for further information.

Please contact us to apply for a dangerous wild animal licence.

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Last updated: 04 June 2024