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. 


Animal Welfare Establishment Application:

Icon for word Animal Welfare Establishment Application [DOCX - 57KB]




Icon for word Boarding Application [DOCX - 54KB]
Icon for pdf Boarding Conditions [PDF - 52KB]

Icon for pdf Commercial Day Boarding for Dogs Conditions [PDF - 283KB]
Icon for pdf Commercial Day Boarding for Dogs Guidance [PDF - 680KB]

Icon for pdf Home Boarding Conditions [PDF - 53KB]
Icon for pdf Home Boarding Guidance [PDF - 124KB]

Icon for pdf Cat Boarding Guidance [PDF - 1MB]
Icon for pdf Dog Boarding Guidance [PDF - 941KB]


Cat Breeding Application 

Icon for word Cat Breeding Application [DOCX - 48KB]


Dangerous Wild Animals:

Icon for word Application [DOCX - 56KB]

Icon for pdf Conditions [PDF - 119KB]


Dog Breeding:

Icon for word Application [DOCX - 57KB]

Icon for pdf Conditions [PDF - 52KB]

Icon for pdf Guidance [PDF - 1MB]

10 or less breeding bitches - £374 including vet fees

More than 10 breeding bitches - £745 including vet fees



Pet Shop:

Icon for word Application [DOCX - 48KB]

Icon for pdf Conditions [PDF - 91KB]

Icon for pdf Guidance [PDF - 404KB]


Icon for word Performing animals [DOCX - 49KB] £214

Rabbit Breeding Application:

Icon for word Rabbit Breeding Application [DOCX - 40KB]


Rehoming Application: 

Icon for word Rehoming Application [DOCX - 55KB]


Riding Establishment:

Icon for word Application [DOCX - 59KB]

Icon for pdf Conditions [PDF - 48KB]

Icon for pdf Guidance [PDF - 2MB]

£375 including vet fees
Icon for word Zoo [DOCX - 56KB] Fee on application

Animal Licence List

View the list of those with animal licenses, including breeding licenses.


Animal feed businesses are now legally obliged to register with Food Standards Scotland.  Registration covers any business involved in the feed industry including arable farms, feed storage or feeding animals that will enter the food chain. 

Further details and how to register >>

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: 20/05/2024
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