Animal welfare licences

Licensed premises are regularly inspected, and for some of these licences an annual inspection is carried out by a veterinary surgeon.

Changes to the animal licensing laws

The Government has announced that it intends to reform the licensing legislation for animal businesses, and it is currently expected that these changes will take effect from October 2018. While the exact details of the new scheme are still being finalised, it is likely that animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers), dog breeders, pet shops and riding establishments will be covered under a single type of licence from that date. It will be known as an 'animal activity licence', with new nationally-set licence conditions for businesses providing animal-related services.

Transitional arrangements for current licensed businesses are still to be confirmed, although we believe that licences will continue to run until their stated expiry dates. We'll update this page as more information becomes available.

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Telephone: 01442 228470 / 228860