Animal welfare licensing
You will need to register with us for keeping or training animals for exhibition.
This includes performance in a:
- television or film production
- theatre performance
It does not apply to the training of animals for legitimate military, police, agricultural or sporting purposes or the exhibition of these animals in demonstration or similar events.
Apply for registration
The form below can be used to apply for different types of animal welfare licences and registration.
To apply for a performing animals registration, you must complete sections 1, 6 and 7.
Application form for an animal welfare licence or registration
The completed form and relevant documents can be emailed to us at the address below.
For new or renewed licences, the grant fee can either be paid:
- upon application – the full amount of grant fee will be refunded if the application is refused
- following inspection, when the licence is ready to be issued
|Licence activity||Fee details||Fee total|
|New licence||£280 application fee, plus £75 grant fee if application is approved||£355|
|Renewal||£280 application fee, plus £75 grant fee if renewal is approved||£355|
|Variation to licence||£85 application fee, plus £137 inspection fee||£222|
|Re-evalutation of rating||£85 application fee, plus £137 inspection fee||£222|
|Variation to reduce licensable activities or number of animals||£85 application fee||£85|
|Transfer of licence||£85 application fee||£85|
|Appeal||£137 inspection fee, to be refunded if appeal is successful||£137|
|Combination of licensable animal welfare activities||£280 application fee, plus £140 per additional activity, plus £75 grant fee per activity if application is approved, plus vets fees if required for inspection||£355 plus £215 per additional activity, plus vets fees if required|
New animal welfare regulations came into effect on 1 October 2018.
Download the new regulations and government guidance from the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG): legislation and guidance.
Check a registration
You can check whether a performing animal is registered with us.
Making a complaint
If you have reason to complain about a animal registered for exhibition that we have licensed, submit your complaint to the licensing team.
In order for us to deal with you complaint effectively you will need to supply us with:
- your name and contact phone number
- details of the animal you wish to complain about
- details of what your complaint or problem is
All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be released, but are required for us to contact you for further details.