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What are the new animal welfare regulations?

The Government has recently published the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The effect of the new regulations is to replace some existing licensing regimes and to put in place a new licensing regime to control the following “licensable activities”:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
  • Hiring out horses 
  • Breeding dogs 
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

The regulations come into effect on 1 October 2018 and will introduce a new licensing regime to replace the licensing and registration regimes currently in place under the following legislation:

Animal Welfare Licensing Policy

Following our public consultation, which we carried out from 18 November 2019 until 31 January 2020, we've recently approved our first Animal Welfare Licensing Policy. The policy contains important information about applying for and holding an animal related licence. We recommend that all applicants and licence holders read the policy carefully and contact us or email licensing@middevon.gov.uk direct if you have any questions.

Guidance from DEFRA

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now published procedural guidance for local authorities in relation to the new regulations, along with guidance notes on the conditions that will apply to licences. Visit GOV.UK - Animal activities licensing: guidance for local authorities for more information on the guidance available. 

How much will a new animal licence cost?

Please see our Animal Licensing Fees for all related charges.

Note: We no longer accept payment via cheque.

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