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Why is the Animal Welfare Licensing Policy being consulted on?

This will be the first Animal Welfare Licensing Policy that we have adopted. As a result, we want to hear any comments or feedback you may have. Once adopted, the policy will, as standard, be reviewed every three years.

What does the policy cover?

This policy sets out how we exercise our functions in relation to animal related licensing matters, under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

This includes dealing with applications for new licences and issues relating to licensed premises to include, but not limited to:

  • Animal Boarding Establishments for dogs and cats
  • Dog breeding
  • Pet Shops
  • Riding Establishments
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition
  • Dangerous wild animals
  • Zoos

How can I comment on the draft policy?

See our Draft Animal Welfare Licensing Policy to view the draft document.

The consultation will run from 18 November 2019. The closing date for comments is 31 January 2020.

All comments must be in writing and either sent via email to, or by post to:

Licensing Team
Mid Devon District Council
Phoenix House
Phoenix Lane
EX16 6PP

Note: All respondents should provide their name, address, and details of the body that they represent (if relevant).

What happens after the consultation period?

All responses will be considered prior to the adoption of the final Policy.

Following this, we'll notify all respondents (and licence holders), of the final Policy that has been adopted.

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