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Changes to animal licensing laws

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.

These changes come into force on 1 October 2018, read about these changes before applying for a licence.


Apply for a licence for animal boarding. 

Information about dangerous wild animals licenses.

Apply for a licence for the breeding and sale of dogs.

Apply for a licence for pet vending.

Information about riding establishment licences.

Apply for a licence for the hiring out of horses.

Apply for a licence for for performing animals.

Information on the licensing of zoos, which is a specialist and complex field.