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

In October 2018 the Government 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 put in place a 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

Guidance from DEFRA

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has 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. 

How to Apply/Renew

To apply/renew you will need to send us the following;

The completed application form and plan should be sent to: 


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

Variation to an existing Licence

To vary an existing licence you will need to send us the following;

  • Variation Application Form 
  • Premises Plan (If changed)
  • Fee - £88.55 if an inspection is required

          - £52.85 if no inspection is required

          - Any additional veterinary costs must be paid by the licence holder


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.




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