Borough Council of Wellingborough

Animal Welfare Regulations 2018

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

On 1 October 2018, The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)(England) regulations 2018 come into force.

These regulations will update and make changes to the current animal licensing regime.

The new legislation applies to pet shops, catteries, kennels, home boarders, doggy day care, riding establishments, dog breeders and performing/exhibition of animals.

There are no changes to Dangerous Wild Animals Licences or Zoo Licences.

There will be new conditions that will apply to licences

  •  a set of general conditions that apply to all licences and
  •  a set of specific conditions that will apply to specific animal activity

It is necessary to comply with both sets of conditions.

Defra has produced guidance documents to help current or prospective licence holders understand what will be required of them under the new legislation. Please refer to the guidance documents  - which can be found on our central administration unit's website. Northants Licensing

We advise that you read the procedural guidance documents (a and b)  and the specific documents relevant to your activities.

Further documents you may find useful

Animal Welfare Act 2006

Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs

Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats

Application forms for any of the above licences can also be obtained from our Central Administration Unit  - Northants Licensing

The public register  at Northants Licensing holds details of licensed premises and any applications that may be being processed.

Last updated 02/12/19

 

 

More information

  1. The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (you are here)
  2. Public Register