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Keeping or training animals for exhibition

To run a business keeping or training animals for exhibition you will need a licence issued under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

Keeping or training animals for exhibition in the course of a business for educational or entertainment purposes:

  • to any audience attending in person, or
  • by the recording of visual images of them by any form of technology that enables the display of such images

The cost and length of the licence is determined on meeting the criteria under the procedural guidance.

Make a licence application

Before you start

You will need:

  • details of the applicant, agent (if applicable), business and the premises to be licensed
  • details of any emergency key holder(s), insurance policy and veterinary surgery
  • to have read the relevant statutory guidance (links available in the form)
  • documents to be uploaded, these include:
    • plan of the premises
    • insurance policy
    • standard operating procedures
    • emergency response plan
    • prevention and control of spread of disease procedure
    • qualifications, knowledge and experience
    • training records
  • a credit or debit card to make your fee payment

If you require assistance with your application, please contact the Environmental Health team on 01622 602450 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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Changes to an existing licence

If you are an existing business and need to report a change of circumstances, please contact the Environmental Health team by email to or telephone 01622 602450. Please note, there is a variation charge for all changes.

Statutory guidance

The following statutory guidance applies to dog breeding:

Further information

You can find out more about our fees and charges and the star rating scheme below.

Fees  and Charges

Keeping or training animals for exhibition

All licences last for three years.

Part APart B

£410 plus vet fees if applicable (based upon an hourly rate including travel time)

£404 for a 3-year licence
plus vet fees if applicable (based upon an hourly rate including travel time)

Part A covers the application and authorisation process. Part B is the cost for administering and enforcing the framework. Both fees must be paid in full (along with any veterinary fees) prior to the licence being issued.

Other charges

Licence renewals

  • charged at the same rate as new applications as above

Requests for variations

  • administration amendment £40
  • inspector visit (if required) £87 (additional to administration charge)
  • vet fees will be recharged (if applicable) based upon an hourly rate plus travel time

Request for re-inspection (for all licence types)

  • £152 plus vet fees (if applicable)

Pre-licence application advice and visit

  • Charged at an hourly rate of £40 per hour.

Supplementary fee for additional licensable activity provided by a business at one site applied for at the same time

  • £72 for each additional activity (this is in addition to the appropriate Part A fee and corresponding Part B fee as above)

Making a payment

Payments can be made online. Please note, fees are non-refundable.