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

The law has changed as of 1st October 2018 and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 are now in force.

The Government has recently published the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.  The effect of the new regulations is to replace some existing licensing regimes and to put in place a new licensing regime to control the following “licensable activities”:

•    Selling animals as pets
•    Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
•    Hiring out horses
•    Breeding dogs
•    Keeping or training animals for exhibition

The regulations came into effect on 1st October 2018 and introduced a new licensing regime to replace the following licensing and registration regimes:

•    Pet Animals Act 1951
•    Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
•    Riding Establishments Acts 1964 & 1970
•    Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 & Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999  
•    Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925

If you have a licence under one of the above pieces of legislation that is in force on 1st October 2018, it will continue to be valid until it is due to expire.  You will then need to apply for a licence under the new regulations.

Guidance from DEFRA

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now published procedural guidance for local authorities in relation to the new regulations, along with guidance notes on the conditions that will apply to licences issued to authorise the different licensable activities.  The procedural guidance and other guidance notes can be downloaded below:

Procedural Guidance Notes

Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs

Guidance notes for conditions for providing boarding in kennels for dogs

Guidance notes for conditions for providing home boarding for dogs

Guidance notes for conditions for providing day care for dogs

Guidance notes for conditions for providing boarding for cats

Guidance notes for conditions for keeping or training animals for exhibition

Guidance notes for conditions for hiring out horses

 

In addition to guidance from DEFRA, we have published a list of 'Frequently Asked Questions' which you may find useful.

Apply by email

The application form and relevant documents should be completed and sent to:

licensing@stroud.gov.uk

The relevant fee should be paid by calling 01453 754404 during normal office hours

You can download the application form here:

Application Form (Word) or Application Form (PDF)

Apply by post

The application form should be completed and returned with the relevant fee and documents to:

Environmental Health, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4UB

You can download the application form here:

Application Form (Word) or Application Form (PDF)

All cheques must be made payable to Stroud District Council

Fees

Animal Activity Licence fees are broken down into two parts:-

  1. An application fee payable at the time of application. This fee covers the costs associated with determining the application to the point that it is ready to issue; and
  2. A grant fee to cover remaining costs which is payable at the point that the application has been determined.

Please note that Licences will not be issued until such time as all necessary fees have been paid, i.e. the application fee, the grant fee and veterinary fees (where applicable).

A single Animal Activity Licence will cover all animal activities carried out at the specified premises.

Please click here to download our current list of fees.

 

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