Chelmsford City Council

Animal licensing

Legislation about some animal licensing changed on 1 October 2018.

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 now apply to:

  • animal boarding
  • selling animals as pets
  • hiring out horses
  • breeding dogs
  • keeping or training animals for exhibition

These regulations mean that all licence holders will need to follow a new application process and comply with national regulations. As part of this, you will also receive a rating based on your standard, which you will need to display on your premises. The rating will be between one and five, with five being the best you can receive.

You can find guidance on the new regulations on  CFSG.

The new regulations do not apply to dangerous wild animal or zoo licences.

  

  • BoardingYou need this licence if you run a boarding cattery or kennel.
  • Home boardingYou need this licence if you look after other people's dogs in your own home.
  • Dog breedingYou need this licence if you breed dogs for sale.
  • Pet shopYou need this licence if you sell animals as pets.
  • Horse riding establishmentsYou need this licence if you keep horses and hire them out for riding or use them for horse riding lessons.
  • Dog day careYou need this licence if you look after other people's dogs during the day.
  • Performing animalsYou need this licence if you train animals to use them in a performance, exhibit them or offer encounters with them.
  • Dangerous wild animalsYou need this licence if you keep a dangerous wild animal.
  • ZoosYou need this licence if you keep wild animals for exhibition and allow members of the public to view the animals for seven or more days in a 12 month period.

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