Animal licensing

The government has now published updated legislation for animal businesses and these changes took effect from 1 October 2018.

The following activities are now licensed under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018:

  • Riding schools
  • Pet Shops
  • Dog Breeders
  • Kennels
  • Catteries
  • Dog Home Boarders
  • Dog Day Care
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

There are also separate licences available for:

  • Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA)
  • Zoos

All of the above legally require a licence to operate. If you wish to know if a business is currently licensed, please call UConnect on 01799 510510 or email

Find out about licences you might need 

You can apply for a new licence, or renew an existing licence, using our online applications applications or by downloading and completing the application forms below.

About our  animal welfare licensing fees.

Apply for a Licence - online forms

The online application forms will require you to provide information to support your application.
If you are unable to complete your application at the first attempt, you can save the form and return to complete the form within 28 days, provided you have supplied a valid email address. You will then be sent a link to enable you to pick up where you left off.

Apply for a Licence - download and complete an application form

Please note that all applicants will need to complete forms 1 (Standard Introductory Section) and 2 (Declaration Section), along with the relevant application form for the activity they intend to carry out. The current fees payable are listed in the table below.


► 1. Icon for pdf Standard introductory section [204.15KB] (this form is compulsory for all applications)

► 2. Icon for pdf Declaration section [57.5KB] (this form is compulsory for all applications)


Icon for pdf Animal boarding application form [256.55KB]

Icon for pdf Breeding and sale of dogs application form [263.36KB]

Icon for pdf Hiring out horses application form [291.82KB]

Icon for pdf Pet vending application form [286.4KB]

Icon for pdf Performing animals application form [279.41KB]

Licensing fees for animal related licensing

► Regulations- Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) 2018

► Animal Welfare Act 2006

Please send the completed application to:


Post: FAO: Environmental Health, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4ER

Applying for more than one activity

If you are wanting to apply for more than one activity (for example a Riding School with an attached Cattery), then please contact Environmental Health to discuss the different options available. If you would like to apply for a Zoo Licence or Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA) Licence, then please contact us to discuss the application process.


The guidance for local authority inspectors on licensing activities involving animals is available on GOV.UK