Animals for Exhibition

You may require a licence for the keeping or training of animals for exhibition (the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018). A licence will be valid for 3 years. Please ensure you have all the required procedures detailed under 'supporting documents' below to submit with your application.

Please note - For details of the current fees see the animal welfare Licence page. The fee must be paid with your application for it to be processed.

Read the proceural guidance notes on the Department for Environment, Food and rural Affairs website and guidance on keeping or training animals for exhibition. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Supporting Documents

Please ensure that you have the written operating procedures that are required by the licence conditions to include with your application. Your application should include the following documents:-

  • A plan of the premises
  • Details of public liability insurance policy (copy of certificate)
  • Training policy for all staff (Schedule 2 Condition 4) and Training records and qualifications (copies)
  • Procedures for Protection of Pain and Suffering (Schedule 2 Condition 9) covering:-
    -feeding regimes
    -cleaning regimes,
    -transportation,
    -the prevention of and control of the spread of disease,
    -monitoring and ensuring the health and welfare of all the animals
    -death or escape of an animal
  • Emergency Plan (Schedule 2 Condition 10)

Please note:- We can only process your application if

  • the form is completed in full
  • all relevant information detailed in the application form is provided
  • the fee has been paid.

Out of Scope

If you consider that you fall outside the scope of the licence requirements we will require evidence to support this position. More details can be found in the guidance notes above. Please contact us to discuss if you may be outside the scope of the Regulations.


Contact us

Environmental Health
Merlin House, Merlin Way, Ilkeston. DE74RA

Call: 0115 907 2244 ext 3820
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