Keeping or training animals for exhibition licence

If you or your business are keeping or training animals for exhibition, you will require an animal licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have a current licence. If you operate without a licence or fail to follow licensing conditions, you may face a fine and/imprisonment.

Licence summary

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.


To apply, change or renew a licence, you must comply with the licence conditions and guidance.

For an application please contact:

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
TN13 1GP

Or email

The Licensing Partnership will write to you at least three months before your licence expires, to remind you to renew it. You must apply for a renewal licence at least 10 weeks before the current licence expires, if you wish to continue to operate without a break in trading.

Fees and charges

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 - Exhibit or train any performing animal

  • registration (three years only) £550
  • complaint visit (recharged to licence holder) £160
  • minor variation (minor changes to licence not requiring a site visit) £170
  • major variation (more substantial changes to licence requiring a site visit £421
  • duplicate licence £25.50
  • general admin charge - for work on applications which cannot be resolved/made valid (to be deducted from any refund of application fee - where this exceeds the application fee then no refund shall be given) £46

Eligibility criteria

You need to be eligible to apply for a licence, you will find information on persons who may not apply in the regulation summary below.

Regulation summary

The regulation relating to animal activities requiring a licence.

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached.

The licence runs three years from the date of issue. There is no risk assessment applied to these activities.

Once we grant a licence, there are separate procedures for varying, suspending or revoking it as well as requesting a review of your star rating.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Failed application redress

If we refuse your application, The Licensing Partnership will notify you in writing stating the grounds for refusal. You will have 28 days following the notice of refusal to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Gov.UK website).

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