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The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)

(England) Regulations 2018

On 1 October 2018 the new animal welfare licensing regulations come into force. The regulations combine and update a number of current Licensing Acts involving pet shops, animal boarding establishments, riding establishments, dog breeding and performing animals.

Licence fees and charges are currently being reviewed and will be published in due course.

For specific requirements, please see the below links for regulations and guidance.

pdf icon Regulations [207kb]

pdf icon Procedural Guidance [686kb]

pdf icon Guidance Notes for Selling Animals [868kb]

If you run a business which sells pet animals you must get a licence from the local authority. This also applies if you are selling pet animals from your home or over the internet.

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