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Animal welfare and licensing

We enforce legislation that protects livestock, farm animals, feedstuffs and the integrity of the human food chain.

We also offer advice and assistance to farmers and the livestock industry so that they can comply with their legal obligations.


You are required by law to hold a licence for certain animal related businesses and ownership. 


Riding Establishment:

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Icon for pdf Conditions [PDF - 48.66KB]

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£350 including vet fees



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Icon for pdf Boarding Conditions [PDF - 52.62KB]

Icon for pdf Commercial Day Boarding for Dogs Application [PDF - 234.77KB]
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Icon for pdf Commercial Day Boarding for Dogs Guidance [PDF - 680.18KB]

Icon for word Home Boarding Application [DOCX - 34.01KB]
Icon for pdf Home Boarding Conditions [PDF - 53.65KB]
Icon for pdf Home Boarding Guidance [PDF - 124.24KB]

Icon for pdf Cat Boarding Guidance [PDF - 1.04MB]
Icon for pdf Dog Boarding Guidance [PDF - 941.91KB]


Dangerous Wild Animals:

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Dog Breeding:

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10 or less breeding bitches - £350 including vet fees

More than 10 breeding bitches - £700 including vet fees



Pet Shop:

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Icon for word Performing animals [DOCX - 49.87KB] £200
Icon for word Zoo [DOC - 61.5KB] Fee on application


Animal feed businesses are legally obliged to register with us.

Registration covers any business involved in the feed industry including arable farms, feed storage or feeding animals that will enter the food chain.

Report a carcase

Contact us on 030 33 33 3000 if you come across a carcase from a farmed animal. We'll need to know the exact location.

Page last updated: 11/05/2020
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