Animal Licensing

Licensing under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 applies from 1 October 2018.

All businesses which are currently licenced under existing legislation with regards to any licensable activities involving anminals will continue to be valid until 31 December 2018. From 1 October 2018, you will be required to apply for a new licence under the new legislation.

Changes to the inspection process

As part of this new legislation, a star rating system will be introduced for allinspections which will determine the length of the licence granted, ranging from one to three years. Businesses which meet the higher standard of compliance will be granted a higher star rating and an increased licence term.

For more information, please refer to the procedural guidance notes for Local Authorities.

Licence Types

The below table lists the activities (along with the relevant Licence Conditions and Guidance) that require an animal licence from 1 October 2018:

Licence Type

Details

Licence Conditions

Guidance

Selling animals as pets

Selling animals in a shop or online. Pet animals include vertebrate animals such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds or mammals.

Licence Conditions document

Guidance document

Catteries providing or arranging boarding for cats

Any premises that provides or arranges overnight accommodation for other people's cats.

Licence Conditions document

Guidance document

Kennels providing or arranging boarding for dogs

Any premises that provides or arranges overnight accommodation for other people's dogs in a commercial setting.

Licence Conditions document

Guidance document

Home Boarding providing or arranging boarding for dogs

Any premises that provides or arranges overnight accommodation for other people's dogs in a residential setting.

Licence Conditions document

Guidance document

Day care for dogs

Any premises or home which provides accommodation for other people's dogs during the day.

Licence Conditions document

Guidance document

Breeding dogs

Breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period with the intention to sell and / or breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs.

Licence Conditions document

Guidance document

Hiring out horses

Any business which operates a riding school and / or hires out horses and / or ponies.

Licence Conditions document

Guidance document

Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Any business which keeps animals for exhibition for educational or entertainment purposes to any audience attending in person or by the recording of visual images of them by any form of technology that enables the display of such images. This includes, but is not limited to the following business activities: mobile animal exhibits that visit schools, weddings, private parties, fairs and other events where an audience is present, pony parties where the ponies are not ridden, petting farms.

Please note current holders of a performing animals registration must apply for a licence to keep or train animals for exhibition by 1 April 2019.

Licence Conditions document

Guidance document

Licence Applications and Fees

Existing licence holders will be sent relevant application forms and notified of fees applicable.

For new applicants that have not held an animal licence during 2017 with Woking Borough Council, please contact environmental health on 01483 743670 or email environmental.health@woking.gov.uk to request the correct application form and fees for your animal licensing activity.

Dangerous Wild Animal Licensing

A licence is required for anybody wishing to keep a dangerous wild animal (as prescribed by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976). The only time a Dangerous Wild Animal licence is not required is if the animal is kept in a zoo, circus or pet shop.

A list of those animals considered to be dangerous under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 can be found here.

The licence requires the owner to keep the animal in suitable and safe conditions, for the welfare of the animal and protection of the public.

Premises must be inspected by a veterinary officer before a licence can be granted.

Licences can be refused or issued subject to specific conditions, including:

  • requirements that they will not be moved from the licensed premises (unless allowed for in the licence)

  • the licence holder must be insured against liability and

  • restrictions on the species and number of animals to be kept.

If a dangerous wild animal is being kept without the authority of a licence or in contravention of a licence condition, the Local Authority may seize the animal and retain it, destroy it or otherwise dispose of it.

A full list of the Animal Licences currently issued by Woking Borough Council can be found here.