You will need a licence if you run a business that does the following activities:
We strongly recommend that you read through the guidance notes on the available from the Canine and Feline Sector Group.
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.
Please use this link to find businesses currently holding an animal welfare licence.
You can find out more information here for: