West Berkshire Council

Animal Welfare Licensing Changes

Changes to licensing from 1 October 2018

The law governing the licensing of animal welfare establishments is changing from the 1 October 2018.  

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018 has been published under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Under the new laws, animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers), dog breeders, pet shops and riding establishments will be covered under a single type of licence known as an 'animal activity licence' with new nationally-set licence conditions.

Anyone with an existing animal related business or planning a business should read the regulations and the guidance notes which accompany them. The new licence conditions for each of the animal activities covered are set out below:

Premises presently licenced for activities involving animals - boarding animals (home or kennel), sell animals, hire horses, or breed dogs and that is in force on 1st October 2018, it will continue to be valid until it is due to expire.  You will then need to apply for a licence under the new regulations.

Anyone wishing to apply for a new licence is advised to speak to a member of the Licensing Team.

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire's Licensing team

01635 519184