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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Animal Welfare Li​​​​censing - Changes in Law​​

Animal Welfare Regulations 2018​​​

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into effect on the 1st October 2018.  The effect of the new regulations is to replace some existing licensing regimes and to 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
If you have a licence under the old legislation it will continue to be valid until it is due to expire.  You will need to apply for a licence under the new regulations.
If you have a registrations under the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925, it shall continue in force until the 31st March 2019.  You will need to apply for a licence under the new regulations.

Statutory Guidance from DEFRA​

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now produced 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 can be downloaded below:

​​​Frequently ​​Asked Questions

In addition to the guidance from DEFRA, we have produced the following "Frequently Asked Questions" document, which you may find useful.​

Application Forms

Application Form - Breeding Dogs.docx

Application Form - Hiring out Horses

Application Form - Home Boarding

Application Form - Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition

Application Form - Selling Animals as Pets


Application fee (add £60.00 for each additional host or licensable activity)
Annual compliance fee 1 year licence (includes 1x unplanned inspection)
Annual compliance fee 2 year licence (includes 1x unplanned inspection)
Annual compliance fee 3 year licence (includes 1x unplanned inspection)
Variation fee (includes an inspection - add £60 for each additional inspection)
£90.00Application for a re-rating​

* Please note that these fees do not include any costs assiciated with inspections by a Veterinarian.  Veterinarian fees will be payable for the first inspection for a dog breeding licence and all riding establishment inspections.

Cont​​act Details

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Licensing & Parking
Redcar & Cleveland House
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT Tel: 01642 774774​


Redcar & Cleveland House,
Kirkleatham Street, Redcar,
Yorkshire TS10 1RT

you could call our Customer Services Team on 01642 774774 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

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