Licence to run a business involving animals

If you’re thinking about running a kennel, cattery, riding stable, pet shop, home boarding or dog breeding facility, you’ll need to apply to us for a licence. 

It’s an offence to run such businesses without a licence. Before you apply you can take a look at our guidance notes and frequently asked questions to help you.

Application

You'll need to: 

  • read about the standards and conditions that you’ll have to meet before you can open any business involving animals. You can find these in the Animal Welfare legislation and the relevant DEFRA guidance below.
  • complete and return the relevant application form.
  • pay your licence application fee by calling (01226) 773743.
    You can pay using a Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard or Maestro card.
DEFRA guidance documents
Catteries
Dog breeding
Dog day care
Home boarding 
Hire of horses
Keeping or training animals for exhibition
Kennels
Pet shops
Procedural guidance for local authorities
Risk Assessment Matrix



Licence application forms
Dog breeding application form
Hire of horses application form 

Home boarder / dog day care from residential premises application form 

Kennels or catteries application form
Performing animals application form
Pet shop application form 

Renewal

DEFRA requires us to notify you about your licensed premises 3 months prior to the expiry of your licence and requires you as a business to apply for a renewal of your licence 10 weeks prior to its expiry.

Star ratings

From 1 October 2018 businesses will be given a star rating on inspection to indicate whether they meet the minimum or higher standard under the legislation and DEFRA guidance. The guidance indicates under each section the requirements that could achieve a higher standard.  

As part of this process we will assess whether your business is higher risk or lower risk by completing the Risk Assessment Matrix DEFRA guidance documents. This will determine whether your licence is renewed on a 1, 2 or 3 year basis. The intention is that businesses operating to the highest standards will save money.

Fees and charges

The fees and charges below are applicable to new licences or renewals dated on or after 1 April 2019.

For new licences processed before this date the fee will be given upon application.

Licence type New application fee Renewal fee at expiration date Star rating re-assessment fee Licence variation fee
Home boarding £256 £256 £177 £177
Domestic doggy day care £256 £256 £177 £177
Commercial boarding and doggy day care
(1 to 25 cats or dogs)
£256 £256 £177 £177
Commercial boarding and doggy day care
(26 or more cats or dogs)
£355 £355 £197 £197
Pet sales
(small / single species)
£256 £256 £177 £177
Pet sales
(large / multiple species)
£315 £315 £177 £177
Dog breeding
(1 to 10 bitches / stud dogs)
£285
plus vet fees
£285 £197 £197
plus vet fees
Dog breeding
(11 or more bitches / stud dogs)
£355
plus vet fees
£355 £197 £197
plus vet fees
Horse riding establishments
(1 to 10 horses)
£275
plus vet fees
£275
plus vet fees
£197 £197
plus vet fees
Horse riding establishments
(11 or more horses)
£305
plus vet fees
£305
plus vet fees
£197 £197
plus vet fees
Animal exhibitor and trainer
(single species)
£149 £149 - £120
Animal exhibitor and trainer
(multiple species)
£169 £169 - £120
Dangerous wild animals Price on application Price on application - -
Zoo licence minimum annual fee £585
plus vet fees
£585
plus vet fees if applicable
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