Changes to Licensing for animal owners and carers

Some animal owners and carers in Amber Valley are being alerted to a change in legislation which will mean that they will need a licence and be approved for a number of animal welfare activities.

The Government aims to tighten the rules for licensing and monitoring animal welfare under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018. The new rules come into force on 1st October 2018.

Licences will be required from Amber Valley Borough Council by anyone selling animals as pets (including on-line sales), breeding dogs, providing or arranging boarding for dogs and cats, hiring horses, animal day care and keeping or training animals for exhibition.

The new legislation will include a ‘Star Rating’ system, similar to that used in food businesses. It is hoped that the changes will help raise animal welfare standards.

Cllr Jackie Cox, Chairman of the Borough Council’s Licensing Board, said: “We welcome the changes to the licensing and enforcement of animal welfare activities. It will enable Council officers to monitor and regulate these higher animal welfare standards, particularly for activities like breeding and selling animals on-line, which has largely been unregulated until now. These regulations are an important step in raising standards nationwide.”

Amber Valley Borough Council already licences a large number of animal welfare businesses. However, some smaller businesses may now need to be licenced as well. Existing licence holders, along with anyone who undertakes out animal welfare activities, should visit the Amber Valley website for more information on fees, application forms and guidance on the new animal welfare legislation at

Email if you think the changes will affect your business or you would like further information.

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