On 1 October 2018, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force. This legislation significantly changed the way certain activities involving animals are licensed and regulated.
The legislation defines and sets the guidelines for the following licensable activities.
Selling animals as pets
Selling animals in a shop or online. Pet animals include vertebrate animals such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds or mammals.
Catteries providing or arranging boarding for cats
Any premises that provides or arranges overnight accommodation for other people's cats.
Kennels providing or arranging boarding for dogs
Any premises that provides or arranges overnight accommodation for other people's dogs in a commercial setting.
Home boarding providing or arranging boarding for dogs
Any premises that provides or arranges overnight accommodation for other people's dogs in a residential setting.
Day care for dogs
Any premises or home which provides accommodation for other people's dogs during the day.
Breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period with the intention to sell and/or breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs.
Hiring out horses
Any business which operates a riding school and/or hires out horses and/or ponies.
Keeping or training animals for exhibition
Any business which keeps animals for exhibition 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. This includes, but is not limited to the following business activities:
- mobile animal exhibits that visit schools
- private parties
- other events where an audience is present
- pony parties where the ponies are not ridden
- petting farms.