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Animal activities licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authority inspectors on licensing activities involving animals.

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Guidance for local authority inspectors in England on licensing activities involving animals. The guidance explains the conditions that businesses need to meet in order to receive an animal activities licence.

This guidance covers:

  • dog breeding
  • pet selling
  • hiring out horses
  • boarding for dogs and cats
  • home boarding for dogs
  • dog day care
  • keeping or training animals for exhibition
Published 6 December 2018
Last updated 17 January 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated the section 'Appoint an inspector' in 'Animal activity licensing process: statutory guidance for local authorities'. A Level 3 certificate qualification or equivalent must be completed and granted by 1 April 2023.

  2. Updated 'Animal activity licensing process: statutory guidance for local authorities' to remove the date for enrolling on a course leading to a Level 3 certificate qualification or equivalent. Inspectors do not need to complete a training course by 1 October 2022.

  3. The 2021 to 2022 reporting period for animal activity licences has closed.

  4. Clarified the exercise and toileting requirements for dog kennel boarding licensing, conditions 5.4 and 7.6.

  5. We've updated the dog day care licensing guidance to specify sleeping and rest area requirements (section 5.2). We've updated the dog breeding licensing guidance relating to pet shop keepers in Wales (part B, section 1.1).

  6. Updated the statutory guidance for local authorities. They must report animal activity licences and fees to the Secretary of State by 31 May 2022.

  7. Clarification of regulation that an inspector must be appointed under.

  8. We have updated the dog breeding licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities.

  9. Update to guidance on hiring horses - updated optional higher standard for diet from weekly to monthly body condition scoring.

  10. Updated to clarify drafting errors in guidance notes and to replace PDFs with HTML documents.

  11. Updated the guidance for selling animals as pets and dog breeding.

  12. First published.