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Animal activity licences

You will need a licence if you want to:

  • breed dogs for sale
  • sell pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet
  • run an animal boarding establishment such as a kennel, cattery or dog home boarding
  • keep dangerous wild animals
  • keep or train animals for public performance (in a circus, theatre or in a film or TV production)
  • run a riding establishment
  • run a zoo where wild animals are kept for public exhibition

Fees and charges Toggle accordion

Each licence type will be split into an application fee payable and licence grant fee payable.

The application fee is payable on submission of the new application or renewal. When the premises has passed inspection the licence grant fee is payable.

Licence typeApplication feeLicence / Grant feeTotal fee
Animal boarding (dog / cat)£299£244£543
Selling animals as pets£299£244£543
Home boarding for dogs (up to 6)£155£210£365
Dog day care (up to 6)£155£210£365
Breeding dogs£299£244£543
Riding establishment (hiring out horses)£394£449£843
Keeping or training animals for exhibition£290£134£424
Dangerous wild animals£390£244£634

 

Public register of animal licences Toggle accordion

Details of all animal licenses currently issued.

Pets shop licences

Business nameAddressAnimals permitted to be keptStar ratingExpiry date
Unicorn Pet Centre/Daves Reptiles2-4 Woodward Road. Dagenham, RM9 4SHSmall cage birds 
Parrots
Parakeets 
Small rodents
Guinea Pigs/Rabbits
Chinchillas
Chipmunks
Kittens
Cold water fish
Tropical fish
Tortoises
Turtles
Amphibians
Small snakes/lizards
Large snakes/lizards
 15 April 2021
Pets at HomeUnit 3 Merrielands Retails Park, Merrielands Crescent, Dagenham, RM9 6SJReptiles & Amphibians
Tropical fish
Cold water fish
531 December 2021

Animal boarding licences

Business nameAddressAnimals permitted to be keptStar ratingExpiry date
Rose Cottage CatteryCollier Row Road, Romford, RM5 2BHCats only131 December 2019
Wooftop Boarding225 Dagenham Road
Dagenham
Essex
RM7 0TP
Dogs only 31 December 2018

Dog breeding licences

Business nameAddressAnimals permitted to be keptStar ratingExpiry date

Essex Petals dog breeding establishment

Jasmine Road, Dagenham RM7 0WZ

Dogs only231 December 2019

Riding establishment licences

Business nameAddressStar ratingExpiry date
Eastminster School of RidingHooks Hall Farm, The Chase, Rush Green, Romford, RM7 0SS 31 August 2019

Animal boarding establishment licence Toggle accordion

If you want to run an animal boarding establishment such as a kennel, cattery or dog home boarding, you must be licensed by us.

An animal boarding establishment is defined as a business providing accommodation for other people’s cats and dogs.

This will include home boarding, where you look after someone’s cat or dog in your home as part of a business. There are exceptions to this if the keeping of the animals is not the main activity of the premises.

Examples of this would be a vet’s or dog-grooming business.

Apply for a licence to run a boarding establishment

Animal activity application - Animal boarding (DOC, 62 KB)

Fees

New fees are in preparation and the website will be updated shortly.

Defra guidance and conditions

We have different conditions that are attached to boarding licences.

Guidance notes for boarding cats (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Guidance notes for boarding dogs in kennels (PDF, 468 KB)

Guidance notes for dog day care (PDF, 473 KB)

Guidance notes for home boarding of dogs (PDF, 613 KB)

Making a complaint

If you have reason to complain about an animal boarding licence issued by us, contact us at Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk.

To deal with your complaint effectively, we need:

  • your name and contact phone number
  • details of the premises you wish to complain about
  • details of what your complaint or problem is

All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be released. We need them so we can contact you for further information.

Dog breeding licence Toggle accordion

To breed dogs for sale, you will need to be licensed by us.

You will be presumed to be running a dog-breeding business if, during any 12-month period, five or more litters of puppies are born to bitches which you keep on your premises (or elsewhere, including a private dwelling).

Apply for a licence

To apply for a licence you must send us:

  • the completed application form
  • the application fee.

Animal activity application - Breeding and sale of dogs (DOC, 61 KB)

Fees

The fees and charges table above shows the application fee and licence grant fee payable for this licence.

Defra guidance and conditions

Guidance notes for breeding dogs (PDF, 664 KB)

Making a complaint

If you have reason to complain about a dog breeder licensed by us, contact us at Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk.

To deal with your complaint effectively, we need:

  • your name and contact phone number
  • details of the premises you wish to complain about
  • details of what your complaint or problem is

All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be released. We need them so that we can contact you for further details.

Public register of dog breeders

There are currently no dog breeders licensed in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Pet shop licence Toggle accordion

To sell pet animals, you need a licence.

This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.

A licence is required for any premises where animals are sold, including a private home.

However, you don’t need a pet shop licence to sell:

  • pedigree animals that you’ve bred
  • animals that are the offspring of your own pet.

Apply for a licence

Animal activity application - Pet vending (DOC, 64 KB)

Fees

The fees and charges table above shows the application fee and licence grant fee payable for this licence.

Defra guidance and conditions

Guidance notes for selling animals as pets (PDF, 1 MB)

Making a complaint

If you have reason to complain about a pet shop licensed by us, contact us at Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk.

To deal with your complaint effectively, we need:

  • your name and contact phone number
  • details of the premises you wish to complain about
  • details of your complaint or problem.

All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be released. We need them so we can contact you for further information.

Riding establishment licence Toggle accordion

To run a riding establishment, you must be licensed by us. A riding establishment is defined as a business that hires out horses or ponies for riding, or a riding school. The licence needs to be renewed every year.

Apply for a licence

Please contact us if you want to:

  • make a new licence application
  • make a change to an existing licence

Application form

Animal activity application - Hiring out horses (DOC, 65 KB)

Return your application to Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk

Fees

The fees and charges table above shows the application fee and licence grant fee payable for this licence.

Defra guidance and conditions

Guidance notes for hiring out horses (PDF, 509 KB)

Making a complaint

If you have reason to complain about a riding establishment we licence, contact us at Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk.

To deal with your complaint effectively, we need:

  • your name and contact phone number
  • details of the premises you wish to complain about
  • details of what your complaint or problem is

All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be released, but are required for us to contact you for further information.

Performing animals registration Toggle accordion

You will need to register with us if you keep or train animals for public performance.

This includes:

  • circuses
  • television or film productions
  • theatre performances

It does not apply to the training of animals for legitimate military, police, agricultural or sporting purposes, or the exhibition of these animals in demonstration or similar events.

Make an application

To apply for a licence you must send us:

  • the completed application form
  • the application fee

Animal activity application - Exhibition of animals (PDF, 227 KB)

Fees

The fees and charges table above shows the application fee and licence grant fee payable for this licence.

Registration conditions

A number of conditions apply, under the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925.

For example:

  • any person registered must only train or exhibit those animals declared on the registration and in the manner declared on the registration
  • any training or performance must be carried out without cruelty to any animal

Making a complaint

If you have reason to complain about a animal registered to perform that we have licensed, contact us at Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk.

To deal with your complaint effectively, we need:

  • your name and contact phone number
  • details of the animal you wish to complain about
  • details of your complaint or problem

All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be released. We need them so we can contact you for further details.

Dangerous wild animal licence Toggle accordion

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 regulates the keeping of certain kinds of animals.

It is an offence to keep any animal of a kind listed in the Act without a licence:

  • zoos
  • circuses
  • pet shops
  • registered establishments for carrying out animal experiments

Details of the types of dangerous wild animals covered by this licence are found in schedule 1 of the Act.

Applying for a licence

To apply for a licence you must send us:

  • a completed application form
  • the application fee

Dangerous wild animal application (PDF, 190.70 KB)

Return your application to Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk

Fees

The fees and charges table above shows the application fee and licence grant fee payable for this licence.

There is an additional charge for the cost of our appointed vet’s inspection, which is payable after the inspection (if required) has taken place.

Licence conditions

Different conditions will apply for each different type of animal.

There are some standard conditions that will be applied while any animal is being kept under the authority of the licence:

  • the animal shall be kept by no person other than the person or persons specified on the licence
  • the animal shall normally be held at such premises as are specified on the licence
  • the animal shall not be moved from those premises, except in the circumstances named on the licence
  • suitable public liability insurance must be held for the keeping of the animal

All licences expire annually on 31 December.

Making a complaint

If you have reason to complain about the keeping of a dangerous wild animal on a licence issued by us, contact us at Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk.

To deal with your complaint effectively, we need:

  • your name and contact phone number
  • details of the premises you wish to complain about
  • details of what your complaint or problem is

All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be released. We need them to contact you for further information.

Public Register

There are currently no dangerous wild animals licensed in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Zoo licence Toggle accordion

The Zoo Licensing Act 1981 defines a zoo as an establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition to the public.

It applies where members of the public have access, with or without charge for admission, on more than 7 days in any period of 12 consecutive months.

The wide scope of this definition means that licensed zoos range from traditional urban zoos and safari parks to small specialist collections such as butterfly houses and aquariums.

It does not apply to circuses or pet shops.

Apply for a licence

Please contact us if you wish to:

  • send notification of your intention to operate a zoo
  • apply to operate a zoo
  • apply to change an existing zoo licence

At least two months before making an application for a zoo licence, you must give us notice in writing of your intention to make the application.

Conditions

Certain conditions apply, such as publishing a notice of your intention.

Making a complaint

If you have reason to complain about a zoo licence, contact us at Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk.

To deal with your complaint effectively, we need:

  • your name and contact phone number
  • details of the premises you wish to complain about
  • details of what your complaint or problem is

All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be released. We need them so we can contact you for further information.

Public Register

There are currently no zoos licensed in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Exhibition of animals Toggle accordion

You must apply for an Animal Activity Licence for the exhibition of animals in which the business would include the following:

  • businesses which keep animals for exhibition, either for entertainment or educational purposes. This includes mobile animal exhibits that visit schools, weddings, private parties, fairs and other events where an audience is present
  • pony parties where the ponies are not ridden
  • businesses which keep animals for exhibition via electronic media, for example, animals used in films or TV.
  • businesses which train animals for exhibition, either to an audience or via electronic media
  • exhibiting domestic animals in a circus

Any business based outside of England that brings in an animal for exhibition. These businesses must apply to the first authority in which they will be performing or where the animals are to be kept for the duration of their stay.

Apply for a licence

To apply for a licence you must send us:

  • the completed application form
  • the application fee

Animal activity application - Exhibition of animals (PDF, 227 KB)

Fees

The fees and charges table above shows the application fee and licence grant fee payable for this licence.

Defra guidance and conditions

Guidance notes for exhibition of animals (PDF, 631 KB)

Making a complaint

If you have reason to complain about an animal boarding licence issued by us, contact us at Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk.

To deal with your complaint effectively, we need:

  • your name and contact phone number
  • details of the premises you wish to complain about
  • details of what your complaint or problem is

All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be released. We need them so that we can contact you for further details.