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

Licence Type

Application Fee

Grant

Re Inspection

Boarding for Cats /Dogs – Kennels

 

£240

£168

£147

Boarding for Dogs – Home Boarding

£216

£132

£123

Boarding for Dogs – Day Care

£240

£168

£147

Breeding Dogs

(ex Vet fee)

£216

£132

£123

Hiring out Horses

(ex Vet fee)

£288

£204

£195

Selling Animals as Pets

£225

£153

£132

Exhibition of Animals

£216

£132

£123

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.

Contact us

Licensing
Tel:
 01444-477419
Email: licensing@midsussex.gov.uk

Last updated: 18 October 2018