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Animal Welfare Regulations 2018

New laws relating to Animal Activity Licensing are now in force.

The following types of businesses will now be covered under a single type of licence:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

This will be known as an ‘Animal Activity Licence’ with new nationally set licence conditions.

If you have a licence under the old legislation it will continue to be valid until it is due to expire. You will then need to apply for a new licence under the new regulations.

If you have a registration under the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925, it shall continue to be in force until 31st March 2019. You will then need to apply for a new licence under the new regulations. 

DEFRA Guidance - breeding dogs

Breeding dogs

DEFRA Guidance - keeping or training animals for exhibition

Training animals for exhibition

DEFRA Guidance - Hiring out horses

Hiring out horses

DEFRA Guidance - Selling animals as pets

Selling animals as pets


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