Animal licences

Do I need a licence? 

Yes - Any person who provides accommodation for other persons' cats or dogs for profit - i.e. as a business, at premises of any nature (including domestic dwellings) should be licensed by South Cambridgeshire District Council under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

Licence Conditions

A licence will only be issued if the premises come up to the standard required by the Council. (Note: there is no licensing requirement for looking after other domestic pets such as rabbits, hamsters, parrots etc. and hence no conditions).

All new establishments must achieve the standard set out in the British Veterinary Association/Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Cat/Dog Boarding Establishments published in October 1995.

The licence must be displayed in the premises in a prominent position.

Fee

The charge for a licence is £110.00.

How to apply

Animal Boarding Establishment Application Form

 

Pet Shop

Do I need a licence?

Yes - To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence from the local authority. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.

Exemptions

  • A person keeping or selling pedigree animals bred by him or offspring of an animal kept by him as a pet.
  • A person selling animals as pets in conjunction with a business of breeding pedigree animals.

Licence Conditions

  • The person carrying on a business of a pet shop must be licensed by South Cambridgeshire District Council. They may well need to comply with any planning constraints.
  • A licence will only be issued if the premises complies with the model standards for pet shops laid down by the British Veterinary Association/CIEH.
  • A licence for a new business will not be issued until the premises have been inspected and will need to be revisited when stocked.
  • At least one person (e.g. owner of the business) must have a suitable qualification (e.g. City & Guilds Pet Store Management Certificate).
  • The licence must be displayed in the retail premises in a prominent position. The licence will list what animals may be sold and at what density. (We try to discourage the sale of cats/kittens and dogs/puppies).

Fees

Basic fee is £100.00 (plus relevant vet fees).

Fee with exotic or dangerous wild animals is £155.00 (plus relevant vet fees).

How to apply

Apply for a pet shop licence online through GOV.UK.

 

Breeding of dogs

Do I need a licence?

Yes you will need a licence if you are classed as a breeding establishment.

A breeding establishment is defined as:

  • any premises where the business of breeding dogs for sale is carried on,
  • where four or more bitches which each produce a litter in a year with the intention of selling the puppies.

It is an offence for a person to keep a breeding establishment for dogs without a licence from the local authority. In deciding if a person is carrying on a business of breeding dogs for sale the Council may include:

  • any bitches used for breeding at a premises under the control of that person
  • any bitches at other premises whether under their direct or indirect control
  • sufficient evidence to come to that conclusion even if less than four bitches produce litters in a year.

Licence Conditions

  • The number of litters a bitch is allowed to have in her lifetime is restricted to six.
  • No more than one litter may be born in any 12 month period.
  • Bitches can not be mated if under 1 year old.

Fees

The fee is £110.00.

How to apply

Contact our Health and Environmental Services team using the online form.

 

Horse Riding Establishments

Do I need a licence?

Yes if your riding establishment is a business/premises where horses/ponies are:

  • being let out on hire for riding
  • being used for riding instruction in return for payment

Exemptions

  • Livery stables
  • Where persons are taught on their own horses

Licence Conditions

  • A person keeping a Riding Establishment requires a licence issued by the Local Authority.
  • The legislation is designed for animal and not rider welfare.
  • Health & Safety legislation often applies to rider welfare, as someone will usually be "at work".
  • An application for a new premises or renewal will not be granted without an inspection by the Council's retained veterinary surgeon who will examine each horse and look at the saddlery etc used. He will also look at the stabling, feeding, grazing etc.
  • Each premises has a different renewal date.
  • 2 months notification is required.

Fees

The fee is £110.00 (plus relevant vet fees).


How to apply

Contact our Health and Environmental Services team using the online form.

Apply for a horse riding licence online through GOV.UK

 

Keeping Dangerous Wild Animals

Do I need a licence?

Yes - Any person keeping a dangerous wild animals is required to hold a licence from the Local Authority. The schedule of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (from DEFRA) lists animals which are considered dangerous.

Exemptions

Animals kept at a zoo (see Zoo Licensing), circus, pet shop or scientific laboratory.

Licence Conditions

  • The annual licence can only be issued after an inspection by the Council's retained veterinary officer and must state which animal it relates to and where the animal will normally be kept and number to be permitted.
  • The licence cannot be issued if it would be unsafe to the public, the applicant is not a suitable person and conditions are not suitable and secure.
  • Conditions also relate to fire, infections etc & insurance.

Fees

The fees is £85.00 (plus relevant vet fees).

How to apply

Contact our Health and Environmental Services team using the online form.

 

Zoo Licensing

Do I need a licence?

Yes - A zoo is an establishment where wild animals (i.e. not normally domesticated in Great Britain) are kept for exhibition to the public with or without charge on more than 7 days in any 12-month period. Under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, anyone operating a zoo will require a licence from the local Authority. The legislation is designed for animal welfare. However, Health & Safety legislation applies to zoo workers and visitors welfare.

A new licence will normally be granted for up to four years and subsequent renewals will normally run for up to six years.

Exemptions

  • Circuses
  • Pet shops

Licence Conditions

  • The local Authority shall not consider an application unless at least 2 months notice of the application had been given, plus publication of details in a local and national newspaper and notice placed at the site.
  • The authority must arrange an inspection of the zoo by a consultant veterinary inspector from the list of suitable nominated inspectors by the Secretary of State.
  • Annual Health and Safety inspection carried out by EH dept (no charge).
  • Full inspection with vet every 5 years and interim inspection with vet half way through the licence period.

The Authority will need to consult:

  • Police
  • Fire Authority
  • Governing body of any national institute concerned with zoos
  • Any adjoining Local Authority if the zoo overlaps another district
  • Any person wishing to object on grounds of alleged injurious affect on the health or safety of persons living in the area

Fees

Dependant on costs - consult with Environmental Health Team

How to apply

Apply online for a zoo licence

Apply online to change an existing zoo licence

 

Movement of animals

Do I need a licence?

Whenever sheep or goats are moved from one location to another the relevant authority must be notified. This activity is currently authorised by the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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