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Animal welfare licence

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)(England) Regulations 2018came into effect on 1 October 2018. Under the new laws anyone carrying out any of the activities listed below will be covered under a single type of licence known as an animal activity licence:

  • selling animals as pets
  • boarding cats or dogs
  • providing home boarding (including day care) for dogs
  • hiring out horses
  • breeding dogs
  • keeping or training animals for exhibition

Animal activity licences have new nationally-set conditions for businesses providing animal-related services, which are included in the DEFRA Guides below. We cannot change these conditions as they are set in the legislation. Businesses operating with these activities will need to comply with the new conditions, and will be assessed before the license is granted to make sure they can meet them.

Dangerous wild animal licences and zoo licences are not altered by the new regulations.

Read the Procedural Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing 2018issued to local authorities

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Christchurch Borough Council licence fees
Type of licenceCost

**Boarding in kennels for dogs


**Home boarding for dogs


**Providing day care for dogs


Selling animals as pets


Keeping or training animals for exhibition


Breeding dogs


Hiring out horses

£352 + vets fee

**Providing boarding for cats


*Plus veterinary fee, as charged, for new applications

** Multiple activities – highest fee charged

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