Animal Licensing

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Latest Guidance for pet industry businesses

The latest guidance for businesses can be found on both the Government website (opens in new window) and the Canine and Feline Sector Group website (opens in new window).

Animal Licensing Regulations

From 1 October 2018 the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force.

These regulations replaced a number of existing pieces of legislation repealed at the end of 2018, providing a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities.

The following activities must be licensed under the regulations:

  • Boarding for cats and/or dogs (including home boarding for dogs and dog day care)
  • Selling animals as pets
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

The regulations can be found by visiting The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (opens in new window).  The regulations set nationally applicable conditions that licence holders must comply with.  

The new legislation does not affect the following licences:

  • Zoo Licences (under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981)
  • Dangerous Wild Animal Licences (under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976).

Guidance for licensable animal activities

Statutory guidance for each licensable animal activity can be found on the Government's website.  Links to the guidance for each licensable activity are provided below.  The guidance explains the criteria used to establish whether an individual or business requires a licence for that activity.  The guidance also sets out all of the licence conditions that must be complied with by all licence holders.  

Guidance for boarding Dogs - Kennels (opens in new window)

Guidance for boarding Cats - Catteries (opens in new window)

Guidance for home Boarding of Dogs (opens in new window)

Guidance for dog day care (opens in new window)

Guidance for selling Animals as Pets (opens in new window)

Guidance on dog Breeding (opens in new window)

Guidance for hiring out of Horses (opens in new window)

Guidance on keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition (opens in new window)

Applying for a licence

The licence application process and fees provides information about the licence application process and fees (opens in new window)

More information about the animal activities licensing process can be found on the government's website (opens in new window) 

Making a complaint

If you are concerned about any business or individual in the Tendring District who is operating an unlicenced animal activity business, please inform the Council using our online report form, or by calling the telephone number below.

Please note that, although we will maintain the confidentiality of your enquiry, we cannot deal with anonymous complaints, so please leave a contact name and details so that the officer dealing with your query can speak to you.

Animal Movement Licensing

In the event of a disease outbreak the precise location of all livestock is essential for effective measures to control and eradicate highly contagious viruses. To try and stop the spread of disease there are strict rules controlling the identification and movements of livestock. These rules apply even if you only keep one animal of the species covered.  For information on the Licensing of Animal Movements please visit the Government website (opens in new window).

Who should I contact?

Environmental Health (Food Health & Safety)
88-90 Pier Avenue
CO15 1TN
Telephone: 01255 686767 

Government advice about animal welfare

Last updated on: 16/12/2022 - 11:55