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Animal activity licences

You will need a licence if you want to:

  • breed dogs for sale
  • sell animals as pets, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet
  • provide animal boarding facilities such as a kennel, cattery or dog home boarding
  • provide dog day care services
  • keep dangerous wild animals
  • keep or train animals for public performance (in a circus, theatre or in a film or TV production)
  • hire out horses (for riding or instruction in riding)
  • run a zoo or other business keeping animals for public exhibition

In all cases except dog breeding and keeping dangerous wild animals, the requirement for a licence is restricted to businesses or those operating on a commercial basis. An animal activity is deemed to be carried out in the course of a business if the person undertaking that activity makes any sale or carries on the activity with a view to making profit; or earns any fee or commission from the activity.

Breeding dogs, selling animals as pets, animal boarding, dog day care, training animals for public performance, hiring out horses and keeping or training animals for public exhibition are licensable in accordance with the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

The keeping of dangerous wild animals is licensable under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

Zoos are licensable in accordance with the Zoo Licensing Act 1981.

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All licence/registration fees are payable in two parts.

The application fee must be paid before any application form is submitted.

The grant fee becomes payable once a premise has passed inspection and the grant of a licence or acceptance of registration is approved.

All licensing fees may be paid online

Pay licence fees

Licence typeApplication feeLicence / Grant feeTotal fee
Dog breeding£299£244£543
Animal boarding facility (cats/dogs)£299£244£543
Selling animals as pets£299£244£543
Home dog boarding£155£210£365
Dog day care (up to 6)£155£210£365
Keeping dangerous wild animals£390£244£634
Riding establishment£394£449£843
Public exhibition of animals£135£290£425
    

 

Dog breeding Toggle accordion

You require a dog breeding licence if you are doing either or both of the following:

  • breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period
  • breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs

In the licence application, you will be required to make a declaration that you have read and are familiar with the requirements of the Guidance notes for conditions for dog breeding.

Guidance notes for conditions for dog breeding (PDF, 358done KB)

Before a licence is granted your premises will be inspected to ensure that you can comply with those conditions.

Dog breeding licence application form (PDF, 129 KB)

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An animal boarding licence is required if you provide accommodation for other people’s cats and dogs, where the provision of that accommodation is part or solely the activity of a business, in any of the following circumstances:

  • arranging for the provision of accommodation for other people’s cat and dogs, for example, businesses which connect pet owners with people willing to look after their animals, even if for no fee other than expenses
  • providing overnight accommodation for cats in purpose-built cattery units
  • providing home boarding of cats, where the cats are kept in purpose-built cattery units and not in the domestic home
  • providing daytime accommodation for dogs away from the dogs’ normal place of residence and not keeping them overnight
  • providing overnight accommodation for dogs in purpose-built kennels; and
  • providing overnight accommodation for dogs in a home environment which is not the usual home where the animals are kept, and not in external kennel accommodation (where external kennel accommodation is used, this would fall under the scope of providing boarding in kennels for dogs)

In the licence application you will be required to make a declaration that you have read and are familiar with the requirements of the relevant Guidance notes for conditions.

Guidance notes for conditions for providing boarding for cats (PDF, 427 KB)

Guidance notes for conditions for providing boarding in kennels for dogs (PDF, 284 KB)

Guidance notes for conditions for providing day care for dogs (PDF, 292 KB)

Guidance notes for conditions for providing home boarding for dogs (PDF, 280 KB)

Before a licence is granted your premises will be inspected to ensure that you can comply with the relevant conditions.

Animal boarding licence application form (PDF, 128 KB)

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A licence is required for all commercial selling of pets, including:

  • the import, distribution and sale of animals
  • pet shops
  • selling animals over the internet
  • selling animals from private homes

You do not need a licence to sell the offspring of your own pets (as long as you do not meet the criteria for requiring a licence as a dog breeder), or to sell pedigree animals that you have bred.

In the licence application you will be required to make a declaration that you have read and are familiar with the requirements of the Guidance notes for conditions for selling animals as pets.

Guidance notes for conditions for selling animals as pets (PDF, 438 KB)

Before a licence is granted your premises will be inspected to ensure that you can comply with those conditions.

Pet vending licence application form (PDF, 145 KB)

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You require a licence if you hire out horses for riding or riding lessons, including:

  • riding schools and those that hire out horses
  • trekking
  • loan horses
  • pony parties (but only where the ponies are ridden)
  • hunter hirelings
  • polo/polocrosse instruction
  • pony hire
  • pony and donkey rides

In the licence application you will be required to make a declaration that you have read and are familiar with the requirements of the Guidance notes for conditions for hiring out horses.

Guidance notes for conditions for hiring-out horses (PDF, 309 KB)

Before a licence is granted your premises will be inspected to ensure that you can comply with those conditions.

Hiring out horses application form (PDF, 197 KB)

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You require a dangerous wild animals licence if you wish to keep a dangerous wild animal in any circumstances other than in a zoo, a circus, a pet shop or a premise registered for carrying out animal experiments. Schedule 1 to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 lists the wild animals for which a licence is required.

Generally, a licence will only be granted if you own the animals in your possession. A veterinary inspector, appointed by the council, will inspect the premises in which you propose to keep any dangerous wild animal before a licence will be granted and you will be required to pay for that inspection in addition to the licence fee.

You will be required to maintain public liability insurance for your animal(s) with an appropriate level of cover.

Dangerous wild animal application form (PDF, 191 KB)

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You require a public exhibition of animals licence if you keep or train animals for exhibition 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

In the licence application you will be required to make a declaration that you have read and are familiar with the requirements of the Guidance notes for conditions for keeping or training animals for exhibition.

Guidance notes for conditions for keeping or training animals for exhibition (PDF, 342 KB) 

Before a licence is granted your premises will be inspected to ensure that you can comply with those conditions.

Animal exhibition licence application form (PDF, 140 KB) 

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A zoo licence is required for any establishment where wild animals of any description are kept for exhibition to the public and to which the public are granted access, with or without charge, for seven days or more during any 12-month period.

Should you wish to make an application for a zoo licence, you must notify the council in writing of your intention to do so at least two months before making the application. You are advised to contact the Licensing Team before providing such written notification to ensure that you comply with other pre-application requirements.

Application forms are available on request from the Licensing Team.

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
331 December 2020
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 only231 December 2019

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 0SS531 August 2022

Licensing Team

Licensing@lbbd.gov.uk