Information about licensing requirements for animal establishments.
Animal Boarding - Kennels and Catteries
Anyone carrying on a business of providing accommodation for other people's animals is required to hold a licence under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.
- Dangerous animals
Find out if you need a dangerous animals licence and how to apply.
Dog breeders must hold a licence issued under the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.
- Pet shops
Anyone wishing to run a pet shop needs a licence under the Pet Animals Act 1951.
Any business keeping horses to let them out for hire or riding instruction must be licensed under the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970.
Under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, any establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition to the public, otherwise than a circus or a pet shop, requires a licence from the local authority.