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Animal welfare

Our Officer's regularly inspect all premises that need to comply with an animal welfare licence. This includes pet shops, kennels, catteries, riding establishments, dog breeding premises and zoos.

Premises are licensed annually and must comply with set licence conditions that are applicable to the specific premises. Other licensable premises may also require the expert knowledge of a veterinary inspector, who undertakes the inspection with the council officer.

We also investigate complaints from members of the public regarding these activities. We will handle any information provided to us in accordance with our Privacy Notice (PDF, 65Kb).

Important changes to animal welfare licences

New laws governing how animal welfare activities are licensed will come into force on 1 October 2018. These changes will affect all premises and persons that provide any of the following services:

  • selling animals as pets (or with a view to their being later resold as pets)
  • providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats
  • providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for dogs - including home boarding, day care as well as commercial kennels
  • hiring out horses
  • dog breeding
  • keeping or training animals for exhibition

It is important that all existing licensed premises or other persons that will be affected by the new law take action to ensure compliance by 1 October 2018. However, any existing licence holders can continue to use their licence until its expiry date, after which they must comply with the new law.

Specific guidance has been published to help licence holders and applicants to comply with the new law. More information can be also obtained from the Council's Licensing Service.


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