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Animal Licensing

You will need a licence if you are planning on dog breeding, keeping certain wild animals, running a pet shop or operating an animal boarding or riding establishment.

Animal licensing

Dog breeding

Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 (as amended).

No person may keep a breeding establishment with more than four breeding bitches without first obtaining a licence from their Local Authority.

A breeding establishment means any premises where more than four bitches are kept for the purposes of breeding for sale.

Exotic, dangerous and wild animals

The keeping of certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. If you wish to keep any dangerous wild animal listed in the schedule of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act you must first obtain a licence from the Council.

The animals for which a licence is required before they may be kept are listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984 (Schedule).

Animal boarding

The keeping and running of animal boarding establishments (catteries and kennels and those catering for the boarding of birds, fish, reptiles and small animals) is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

If you wish to keep a boarding establishment for animals you must first obtain a licence from the Council.

Riding establishment

A Riding Establishment is "the carrying on of a business of keeping horses to let them out for hire for riding or riding instruction". Licences are renewable annually .

The Council will arrange for the inspection of horses and premises by a veterinary surgeon to ensure the welfare of the animals and that the accommodation is suitable.

The licence will be issued subject to compliance with licence conditions and payment of the licence fee.

Pet shop

The keeping and running of a pet shop is controlled by the Pet Animals Act 1951.

If you wish to keep a pet shop you must first obtain a licence from the Council.