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New Animal Licensing Regime

On 1st October 2018, The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into force. These regulations will replace a number of pieces of existing legislation set to be repealed at the end of 2018 and will provide a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities.

Those undertaking the following activities will need to be licensed under the new regime:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including day care)
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Licences held under the current system relating to pet shops, animal boarding establishments, riding establishments or dog breeding will continue in force for the rest of their term. Licence holders will then need to make an application for a licence under the new regime and comply with the new requirements.

The new Regulations set nationally applicable conditions that licence holders must comply with. A ratings system will be introduced whereby licence holders will be given a rating dependant on specified criteria. Current licence holders are advised to consider the conditions contained within the new regulations which will need to be complied with.

The Regulations can be found at:

Fees and a policy will be determined by the authority.

Zoos and Dangerous and Wild Animals will continue to be licensed under existing legislation.

Further information will be placed on this page when available.


Dog breeding

Under the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 no person shall keep a breeding establishment for dogs except under a licence granted by a Local Authority. A licence would be necessary for any establishment breeding more than four litters of dogs per year from four individual bitches. No bitch may have more than one litter per annum.

Prices are subject to an annual increase in April, prices correct as at 01-04-2016.

Apply for a licence in Adur

Breeding kennel licences in Adur cost £130.00.

Apply for a licence in Worthing

Breeding kennel licences in Worthing cost £130.00 + vet's fees.

Please contact us for an application form.

Report unlicensed breeders

Should you have information of an unlicensed breeder please contact Environmental Health.

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