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Animal Licensing

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1. Animal welfare regulations

The regulations Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (legislation.gov.uk) 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

If you are operating a business which would require a licence, please take the time to examine both the general and activity specific conditions that will apply. The current guidance documents attempt to answer some of the obvious questions regarding the conditions.