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Changes to animal licensing

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Friday 31 August.

A newer version of this article is now available.

From Monday 1 October 2018 a single animal licence for businesses, known as an animal activity licence, is being introduced.

The Government has now published updated legislation for animal businesses and confirmed that these changes will take effect from 1 October 2018.Under the new laws, animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers), dog breeders, pet shops and riding establishments will be covered under a single licence, known as an 'animal activity licence', with new nationally-set licence conditions for businesses providing animal-related services.

We cannot change these conditions as they are already set in the legislation. Businesses operating with these activities will need to comply with the new conditions, and will be assessed before the licence is granted to make sure they can meet them.

More information on this change in legislation will be published by mid-September 2018.

Existing licences

Those businesses operating under current licences will be able to continue to do so until the expiry date of their licence. 

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