On 1st October 2018 the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force and provided a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities.
The following activities now need to be licensed under this regime:
• Selling Animals as Pets
• Hiring out Horses
• Providing or Arranging for the Provision of Boarding for Cats or Dogs (including Home Boarding and Day Care)
• Breeding Dogs
• Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition
The regulations set nationally applicable conditions that licence holders must comply with. A ratings system has been introduced whereby licence holders will be given a rating dependent on specific criteria set out within the licencing conditions.
The regulations can be found by visiting The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.