Animal Welfare Licences
You will need a licence for the following activities: -
- boarding for cats and dogs (including home boarding and dog day care);
- breeding of dogs;
- hiring out of horses;
- selling animals as pets;
- keeping or training animals for exhibition;
if they are undertaken in the course of a business, this includes whether you: -
- make any sale or carry on the activity with a view to making a profit; or
- earn any commission or fee from the activity.
If you are unsure whether you need to be licensed or not, please refer to the relevant guidance documents which can be found here.
From 1st October 2018, these activities will be governed by The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018
Under the legislation, there are general conditions for every type of licence covering: -
- licence display
- use, number and type of animal
- suitable environment and diet
- monitoring behaviour and training of animals
- animal handling and interactions
- protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease
There are specific conditions in the schedules to the regulations in relation to each activity and these may be found in the links below: -
- Providing boarding for cats or dogs
- Breeding dogs
- Hiring out horses
- Selling animals as pets
- Keeping or training animals for exhibition
There are also guidance notes for the conditions.
Please see our list of fees before applying.
Under certain circumstances, you will not be able to apply for a licence if you have had a licence revoked or been disqualified.
To check if an activity in the Maldon District is licensed by us, click on the following links: