Animal Welfare Licences

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations came into force on 1 October 2018 and introduced significant changes to the licensing regime including the introduction of a ‘star’ rating. This allows for the local authority to issue a 1, 2 or a 3 year licence depending on the standards in place.


Application for a single licensed activity:

  • Breeding of dogs - plus veterinary fees and administration* costs for new applications.
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats and/or dogs.
  • Selling animals as pets.
  • Hiring out Horses - plus veterinary fees and administration* costs.

Cost:  £225.00 Application fee (non refundable) £88.00 Compliance fee – payable once licence is granted and before licence is issued £20.00 Administration fee where applicable.

Additional licensed activity when included in a single application (payable on application): £75

Hiring out horses - annual veterinary inspection fee for 2 or 3 year licences: £20 plus veterinary fee.

Fee for licence variations as detailed below: £175

  • Application to vary a licence if a visit is required
  • Visit for re-rating purposes (at licensee’s request)
  • Re-instatement of licence after suspension
  • Re-inspection following appeal. 

Keeping or training animals for exhibition: £184

Replacement of lost licence/provision of duplicate: £10

• Administration charge for licence variation: £20
• Administration charge applied if a refund of licence fee required: £20

You are advised to download and read the procedural guidance on (opens in a new window) which outlines the star rating scheme as well as the specific guidance notes.

Please go to the specific activity page for additional information.

Please note - Dangerous wild animal and zoo licences are not included in this legislation

List of Licenced Providers

Local authorities are expected to publish a list of licenced premises and their star rating.  The list is of those premises licenced to the date shown on the list.  Premises appear in star rating order and as extracted from the database so no preference is given to those at the top of the list. The rating is based on a number of issues including written procedures so does not indicate any concerns regarding animal welfare.

Please be aware that the list does not include:

  • Applications that are still being processed, these will be included once the licence has been issued.
  • Franchise host dog boarders that do not need a licence in their own right.
  • Premises that have been assessed as being out of scope and do not require a licence.
  • Dog walkers as this activity does not need a licence.

Download the list of current licenced premises (PDF 48.85 KB) To request this information in an alternative format please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.