Statutory guidance

Birds: licence to keep them in show cages for training (GL16)

Get a general licence to keep birds in show cages that don't meet size requirements.

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This licence lets you keep birds in cages that do not meet legal minimum size requirements, as long as you’re training the birds for competitive exhibition.

Under this licence you can keep birds in cages that are at least:

  • 25.4cm high
  • 23.13cm wide
  • 11.43cm deep

You cannot keep a bird in the cage for longer than one hour in any 24 hour period.

You do not need to apply for this licence but you must meet its conditions and follow its instructions.

Published 31 December 2013
Last updated 1 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Annual licence update.

  2. Accessible version of licence added - HTML.

  3. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2019

  4. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018

  5. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2017

  6. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2016

  7. new version of GL16 valid 1 January to 31 December 2015

  8. First published.