Procedure for issuing an animal activity licence

Animal welfare regulations

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

New legislation relating to Animal Activity Licensing is now in force. Animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers), dog breeders, pet shops, riding establishments and people that keep or train animals for exhibitions will now be covered under a single type of licence (known as an 'animal activity licence'), with new nationally-set licence conditions.

Businesses operating with these activities will need to comply with new conditions, and will be assessed before the licence is granted to make sure they can meet them.

Harborough District Council aim to issue a decision on an application within 10 weeks of receiving it. It is possible that the process may take longer, for example if further information is required from the applicant or if it proves difficult to make the arrangements for the inspection.

Existing licence holders should apply 10 weeks prior to their expiry date to ensure they receive their new licences in good time and wish to continue to operate the licensable activity without a break.