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.

Application Process

Our licensing officers will inspect the premises to be licensed.

Please note: Mid Sussex District Council reserve the right during any such inspection to be accompanied by a veterinary surgeon who will advise us and produce a report about the visit. We will not be responsible for any vet’s fees incurred during our inspection.

Applicants should allow at least 28 days for a decision to be made. If you have not heard from us within 14 days of your application - please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Will 'tacit consent' apply?

No.

It is in the public interest that Mid Sussex must process all animal license applications before they can be granted.

More information: ‘Tacit consent’ means you can act as if your application has been granted if you do not receive your licence/permit within a certain time after we confirm we have received your application.

How much do licences cost?

Make an application

Apply to become an animal boarding establishment

Please take a look at our List of animal boarding establishments currently licensed by Mid Sussex.

Licences normally run for one year, but always expire on 31 December of the year in which the application was made.

Before applying please read: 

Apply and pay online:

For all types of animal boarding: 

Apply online for a Animal Boarding Establishment licence

Printed applications:

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

Commercial animal boarding / Dog day care

Home boarding / Dog day care

Applicants should allow at least 28 days for a decision to be made. If you have not heard from us within 14 days of your application - please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Apply for a dog breeding licence

If you breed dogs, you must be licensed under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973. A Dog breeding licence is valid for one year from the day on which it comes into force.

Please contact the Licensing Team for advice.

Fees: All licence fees and registration charges

Apply and pay online:

Apply online for a Dog Breeding licence

Print application: 

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

Dog breeding licence application printed form

Applicants should allow at least 28 days for a decision to be made.

If you have not heard from us within 14 days of your application - please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Apply for a pet shop licence

The sale of animals as pets is a licensable activity under the Pet Animals Act 1951. Invertebrates are not included. Licences normally run for one year, but always expire on 31 December of the year in which the application was made.

Please note: To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence. 

Pets cannot be sold in streets - this includes barrows or at markets.

Pets cannot be sold to children below the age of twelve.

Fees: All licence fees and registration charges

Apply and pay online:

Apply online for a Pet Shop licence

Paper Application:

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

Pet shop application printed form

Applicants should allow at least 28 days for a decision to be made.

If you have not heard from us within 14 days of your application - please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Apply for a riding establishment licence

Stables that hire out horses or ponies for riding or instruction must be licensed under the Riding Establishments Act 1964 - as amended 1970.

A riding establishment licence is valid for one year from the day on which it comes into force.

Please note: Every horse/pony that is to be used for riding or instruction will undergo a veterinary inspection to ensure that they are in good health and physically fit for the purpose.

In addition to the application and licence fee due to the council, applicants are responsible for the inspecting vet’s fees.

Fees: All licence fees and registration charges

Paper application:

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

Riding establishment application form

The licence has a number of conditions attached to ensure the welfare of the horses is maintained and also to help secure the safety of riders.

In order to obtain a licence, Public Liability Insurance is required.

Applicants should allow at least 28 days for a decision to be made.

If you have not heard from us within 14 days of your application - please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

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: 06 July 2018