Bird gatherings: general licence
Licence for a gathering of poultry or other captive birds - you don't need to apply for this but must meet conditions.
You don’t need to apply for this licence but you must meet all the licence conditions when holding a bird fair, market, show or other bird gathering.
The terms of this licence were changed on 20 December 2016 in the light of the risk of avian influenza (bird flu). All gatherings of poultry (including chicken, geese, ducks, pheasants, turkeys and guinea fowl) are banned in England until further notice – they are not allowed under this general licence. Similar bans have also been put in place in Wales and Scotland. Our avian influenza (bird flu) guidance has more details on the current situation. We have announced that this ban will be lifted in England on 15 May 2017. This will mean bird gatherings can resume then, subject to some additional identity and health checks and biosecurity measures. We’ll update the licence and guidance for 15 May.
Published: 11 October 2010
Updated: 28 April 2017
- Updated following the announcement that the ban on poultry gatherings will be lifted on 15 May 2017.
- Updated following the announcement of a temporary suspension on certain bird gatherings from 20 December 2016.
- First published.