Animal premises licences

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 are now in force. They apply to all animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and the day care of dogs); dog breeders; pet shops; riding establishments and people that keep or train animals for exhibitions will now be covered under a single type of licence (known as an 'animal activity licence'). However Zoo Licensing and Dangerous wild animal licensing remain unchanged.

Businesses undertaking any of these activities will need to comply with the new conditions, and will be assessed before the licence is granted. You may also require planning permission to change the use of your premises.

The new regime introduces a scoring matrix which is directly related to the length of the licence. Further information on this can be found under the Star Rating heading.

Those businesses operating under current licences will be able to continue to do so until their licence expires.

The new guidance notes and licence conditions for each of the animal activities covered are set out below:

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced guidance notes and licence conditions for this activity.   

You can apply for a new licence by downloading the following form. Please return the completed form by email to licensingfoodsafety@s-norfolk.gov.uk or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business.

Guidance notes for selling animals as pets

Licence conditions

Application form

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced guidance notes and licence conditions for this activity.  

You can apply for a new licence by downloading the following form. Please return the completed form by email to licensingfoodsafety@s-norfolk.gov.uk or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business.

Guidance notes for boarding of cats

Licence conditions

Application form

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced guidance notes and licence conditions for this activity which can be found here:  

You can apply for a new licence by downloading the following form. Please return the completed form by email to licensingfoodsafety@s-norfolk.gov.uk or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business.

Guidance notes for Boarding of Dogs

Licence conditions

Application form

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced guidance notes and licence conditions for this activity.   

You can apply for a new licence by downloading the following form. Please return the completed form by email to licensingfoodsafety@s-norfolk.gov.uk or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business.

Guidance notes for providing day care for dogs

Licence conditions

Application form

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced guidance notes and licence conditions for this activity.   

You can apply for a new license by downloading the following form. Please return the completed form by email to licensingfoodsafety@s-norfolk.gov.uk or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business.

Guidance notes for home boarding of dogs

Licence conditions

Application form

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced guidance notes and licence conditions for this activity.

You can apply for a new license by downloading the following form. Please return the completed form by email to licensingfoodsafety@s-norfolk.gov.uk or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business.

Guidance notes for hiring out of horses

Licence condition

Application form

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced guidance notes and licence conditions for this activity.

You can apply for a new license by downloading the following form. Please return the completed form by email to licensingfoodsafety@s-norfolk.gov.uk or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business.

Guidance notes for breeding of dogs

Licence conditions

Application form

 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced guidance notes and licence conditions for this activity.   

You can apply for a new license by downloading the following form. Please return the completed form by email to licensingfoodsafety@s-norfolk.gov.uk or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business.

Guidance notes for keeping or training animals.

Licence conditions

Application form

 

Under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, if you wish to keep a dangerous wild animal, this must be done in such a way that it creates no risk to the public. You must also ensure the welfare of the animal.

A licence is required for any animal which appears on the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2007 schedule and are issued by the local council.

The licensing inspections are carried out by a veterinary surgeon who has sufficient knowledge about the species proposed to be kept. The report, along with other items are considered before the licence will be granted.

To apply for a dangerous wild animals licence please complete the dangerous wild animals application form and return it by email or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business. 

Application form

Under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, a zoo is defined as “an establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition to which members of the public have access to, with or without charge for admission, seven or more days in any period of 12 consecutive months”.

The application process for a zoo licence is complex and requires the licensing inspection to be carried out by an inspector who has been appointed by the Secretary of State.

To apply for a zoo licence please complete the zoo licence application form and return it by email or by post to the Food and Safety Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE, along with the relevant application fee.

An officer will contact you upon receipt of the application to organise a suitable date and time to visit your business. 

Application form

The new regime introduces a scoring matrix which is directly related to the length of the licence.  The star rating model takes into account both the animal welfare standards adopted by the business as well as their level of risk.  Businesses can attain a rating ranging from 1 to 5 stars.

A premises with a lower star rating is not necessarily a premises to avoid as there are other factors that have to be considered, such as the length of time the licence holder has been operating. New businesses are likely to be assessed as slightly higher risk simply because there is no history of good practice that can be considered.

Details on the scoring matrix and rating system