Guidance for Local Authorities on the licensing of movements of livestock

Guidance for Local Authorities/AHVLA offices on the licensing of movements of livestock under the Standing Movement Arrangements.



This guidance applies to England and Wales.

The Standing Movements Arrangements (SMA) provide for the movement of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and deer (with certain exceptions). The legislative basis for these arrangements is the Disease Control (England) Order 2003 and the Disease Control (Wales) Order 2003 (as amended).

These Orders give the Secretary of State/Welsh Ministers power to license/authorise movements of animals, and:

  • include details of the exemptions from the standstill period;
  • require animals to be slaughtered within 48 hours of arrival at a slaughterhouse.

Local Authorities (LAs) will act as a “one-stop shop” point of contact for those in the local farming community needing to apply for individual movement licences to move under the SMA.

There are a number of different types of permitted movements under the SMA, either under a General Licence or an individual movement licence (IML). These are outlined in the following pages.