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Keeping or training animals for exhibition

The Animal Welfare (Licencing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

Changes are being made to improve the effectiveness of existing regulations and to simplify the application and inspection process for businesses as well as maintaining and improving existing animal welfare standards.  The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.  

The new regulations came into effect on 1 October 2018.

Licencing conditions and guidance notes

Guidance notes for conditions

Who can apply?

Any fit and proper person who is not disqualified from keeping animals may apply.

A licence cannot be granted to persons who are disqualified from keeping a breeding establishment for dogs, or from keeping a pet shop, or from keeping animals or from keeping a boarding establishment for animals.

Is planning permission required?

We recommend that you discuss your proposals with Planning Services to determine whether a planning application is needed.

How much does a licence cost?

Fees will be payable for applications.  Details of how to pay are available on the application form.

How to apply

Please download an application form


All premises will be inspected before the licence is granted. The inspector will be looking to make sure the applicant has the following:

  • A specialist knowledge in the species that they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare. This would include the animals' mental and physical health, feeding and knowledge of environmental enrichment. The applicant should be able to demonstrate that they have researched and followed expert guidance in order to carry out their role.
  • Comprehensive records that contain all the information required by the conditions that apply to their particular activities.
  • An understanding of risks involved in caring for the animal, including an extensive risk assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly. These documents should be available for the Inspector to examine.
  • Training procedures in place to make sure staff know what is expected of them, and clear evidence of good supervision of staff.
  • The premises itself will also be assessed so we can be sure the licence holder can meet the new laws relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept.

How long does a licence last?

Under the new legislation licences are valid for three years. 

What can I do if my licence application is refused?

You can apply to the magistrates Court if your application is refused.

Public Register

Babergh Animal Establishments

Mid Suffolk Animal Establishments