Animal welfare

From 1st October 2018 the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 comes into effect.

You can read more here at www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/486/contents/made.

Licenses for the following activities will be needed when carried out as a business*:-

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding of cats or dogs which means:-
    - Cat boarding
    - Kennel boarding for dogs
    - Home boarding for dogs
    - Day care boarding for dogs
  • Hiring out horses for riding or instruction in riding
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition.

Minimum standards specific to the activity being carried out will need to be met prior to a licence being issued.  Where higher standards are met, a longer term licence will be issued which will save licensing fees for applicants who achieve and maintain high standards.

The minimum term of a licence will be 1 year. Where higher standards are achieved a 2 or 3 year licence will be granted.

The following fees are applicable to animal welfare licences processed and/or granted under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. Please note where there are more than one activity taking place at the business, as well as the fee for the main activity you will be required to submit an additional activity fee for each additional activity you undertake.

See the guidance on the standards to be achieved for each activity and on the ‘business test’.

* A Business test is used to assess whether a licence is required.

The following guidance and FAQs will provide more details of the new system of regulation.

How to apply

To make an application, there are three parts to complete. The forms can be found below.

Download the forms to complete. Send your completed application forms to licensing@ambervalley.gov.uk or post to Licensing, Amber Valley Borough Council, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BT.

You will be contacted once your application forms have been received, to pay the appropriate fee over the phone.

Please note that until payment has been received, your application is not valid.

The council will aim to consider and provide you with a decision as to whether a licence is to be granted within 10 weeks of receipt of your completed, valid, application form.

Licences issued

View the register to see who is currently licensed in Amber Valley.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841388 or email animalwelfare@ambervalley.gov.uk