Keeping or training animals for exhibition licence

Activities that require a licence

  • Businesses which keep animals for exhibition, either for entertainment or educational purposes. This includes mobile animal exhibits that visit schools, weddings, private parties, fairs and other events where an audience is present. 
  • Pony parties where the ponies are not ridden. 
  • Businesses which keep animals for exhibition via electronic media, for example, animals used in films or TV. 
  • Businesses which train animals for exhibition, either to an audience or via electronic media. 
  • Exhibiting domestic animals in a circus. 
  • Any business based outside of England that brings in an animal for exhibition. These businesses must apply to the first authority in which they will be performing or where the animals are to be kept for the duration of their stay. 

There is further guidance that we must consider, when determining whether an activity is being carried on in the course of a business. This includes: 

  • whether the operator makes any sale by, or otherwise carries on, the activity with a view to making a profit 
  • whether the operator earns any commission or fee from the activity 

There is also government advice that anyone with a trading income of less than £1,000 should not be considered to be operating a business.