From 1 October 2018, new animal welfare regulations came into effect for selling animals as pets, dog breeding, providing for or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs, hiring out horses and keeping or training animals for exhibition.

Animal welfare licensing

On the 1st of October 2018 The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force, controlling various businesses that involve animals. If you are currently licenced to board animals (whether at home or in kennel/cattery), sell animals, hire horses or breed dogs, that licence will be valued up until it expires but when you come to renew it will be under the new regulations.

If you do not have a licence but are carrying out or intending to carry out one or more of the following activities, you will need to apply for a licence.

Anyone with an existing animal related business or planning a business should read the regulations and the guidance notes which accompany them, attached above. You should also read pdf icon the general conditions to be attached to all animal licences. [207kb]

Due to the new regulations Reading Borough Council may ask for additional information on application.

Animal welfare licence charges

For selling animals as pets, breeding dogs and boarding for cats or dogs (to include home boarding):

Licence activity

Fee details

Fee total
New licence£329 application fee, plus £189 issue fee if application is approved£500
Renewal£245 application fee, plus £146 issue fee if renewal is approved£390
Variation to licence£129 application (+inspection rate inspection fee £50.26 p/h) 
Re-evalutation of rating£129 application (+inspection rate inspection fee £50.26 p/h)£222
Variation to reduce licensable activities or number of animals£129 application fee£129
Transfer of licence£129 application fee£129
Appeal£129 application (+inspection rate inspection fee £50.26 p/h) 
Combination of licensable animal welfare activities (New)£500 application fee plus £188 per additional activity, plus £66 issue fee per activity if application is approved, plus vets fees if required for inspection£500 plus £254 per additional activity, plus vets fees if required
Combination of licensable animal welfare activities (Renew)£390 application fee plus £188 per additional activity, plus £41 issue fee per activity if application is approved, plus vets fees if required for inspection£390 plus £229 per additional activity, plus vets fees if required

For dangerous wild animal licences, riding establishments, zoo licences or animals for exhibition, price will be on application.

You can see licensed premises on our public registers page.

Reading has no zoos, farm parks, wildlife parks, safari parks or horse riding establishments. To find out about Beale Park, Bucklebury Farm Park, Amners Farm, Lockey Farm or the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, please contact West Berkshire Council.

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