Animal licensing - change is here

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

On 1 October 2018, the Government published the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. These Regulations replaced some existing licensing regimes and put in place a new licensing regime to control the following "licensable activities":

  • selling animals as pets
  • providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
  • hiring out horses
  • breeding dogs
  • keeping or training animals for exhibition.

The regulations replaced the following licensing and registration legislation:

  • Pet Animals Act 1951
  • Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970
  • Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999
  • Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925.

If you have a licence under one of these pieces of legislation that was in force on 1 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.

Guidance from DEFRA

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now published procedural guidance for local authorities in relation to the new regulations, along with guidance notes on the conditions that will apply to licences issued to authorise the different licensable activities. The procedural guidance and other guidance notes and application forms can be downloaded using the links below:

Completed application forms should be submitted with supporting documentation by email to licensing@telford.gov.uk or by post to Public Protection, Telford & Wrekin Council, Addenbrooke House, Ironmasters Way, Telford, TF3 4NT. Payment of the licence can be made via the Council's eStore.


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Lucy's Law

Are you aware of #Lucy's Law? From April 2020, anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or a kitten that is under 6 months old must deal directly with a licensed breeder or with a animal rescue/rehoming centre.


What we will do with your Personal Information

Telford & Wrekin Council's Licensing Service is collecting your personal information for the purpose of meeting the statutory requirements of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. Telford & Wrekin Council will not share any of your personal data collected with external organisations unless required to do so by law when your data may be shared with other regulatory bodies. For further details on the council's privacy arrangements please view the privacy page on the Council website.

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