Keeping or training animals for exhibition licence

Guidance and conditions

General conditions apply in respect of: 

  • Licence display 
  • Records 
  • Use, number and type of animal 
  • Staffing 
  • Suitable environment 
  • Suitable diet 
  • Monitoring of behaviour and training of animals 
  • Animal handling and interactions 
  • Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease 
  • Emergencies 

Specific, extra conditions for keeping or training animals for exhibition set out rules for: 

  • Insurance 
  • Emergencies 
  • Suitable environment 
  • Monitoring behaviour and training 
  • Housing with or apart from other animals 
  • Records 
  • Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease 

Before a licence is issued an inspection will be undertaken by an experienced council animal licensing officer. This may include a visit from a vet for a new licence holder. 

Where a licence holder is expected to have written plans, procedures, or documented checks, officers will wish to see these as part of the inspection. 

A licence will run for a fixed period of 3 years. These licences are not star graded. 

Full conditions are available to read on GOV.UK.