Mark Widdup
Director of Neighbourhoods
Floor 3, Number One Riverside,
Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU
Animal Licensing
01706 924114 (option 4)
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)
(England) Regulations 2018
Application for a licence to keep or train animals for
Please complete all the questions in the form.
If you have nothing to record, please state "Not applicable" or "None"
1 Reference number
System reference Number (if known)
1.2 Your reference (if known)
Are you an agent acting on behalf of the
Yes No
If no, go to 3.1
Further information about the Agent
2.2 Name
2.4 Email
Main telephone number
2.6 Other telephone number
Applicant details
3.1 Name
Date of birth
3.3 Home address
3.5 Main telephone number
3.6 Other telephone number
Are you applying as a business or
organisation, including a sole trader
Yes No
3.8 Are you applying as an individual Yes No
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Applicant Business
Yes No
If no, go to 4.3
4.2 Registration Number
4.3 Is your business registered outside the UK
4.4 VAT Number
4.5 Legal status of the business
4.6 Your position in the business
The country where your head office is
Business Address This should be your official address The address required of you by law to
receive all communication
4.8 Building name or number
4.9 Street
4.11 City or Town
4.12 County or administrative area
Post Code
4.14 Country
Type of business/performance (tick all that apply)
5.1 TV / Film / Social Media
5.3 Circus using domestic animals
5.4 Exhibiting Animals
Animal Encounters
5.6 Birds of Prey shows / exhibits
5.7 Other please state
Application Details
Have you been registered/licenced before
Yes No
If no, go to 6.4
6.2 Local Authority where registered/licenced
Give details of registration e.g. type and
numbers of animals, type of performance or
Further information about the applicant
6.4 Stage name (if any)
6.5 Nationality
Premises to be licensed
7.1 Name of premises/trading name
7.2 Address of premises
7.3 Telephone number of premises
7.4 Email address
Do you have planning permission for this
business use.
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Kinds of animal to be licensed and the number of each kind
Kind of animal
8.2 Number
8.3 Add another kind of Animal?
Yes/No If no, go to 9
Kinds of animal to be licensed and the number of each kind 2
Kind of animal
8.5 Number
8.6 Add another kind of Animal?
Yes/No If no, go to 9
Kinds of animal to be licensed and the number of each kind 3
Kind of animal
8.8 Number
If you intend to licence further kinds of animals please attach a separate list of these animals and the numbers
of each.
Proposed Performance or Encounter
Describe the nature of the performance(s)
in which the animals will be exhibited or
for which they are to be trained,
mentioning any apparatus which is used
for the purpose of the performance. The
description must be sufficient to give a
general idea of what is done by the
animals taking the performance.
If it is an animal encounter please give
details of what type of encounter and
where these are to take place.
Approximate duration of the
Number of times the performance will be
given in one day.
9.4 How will the animals be transported
Where are the animals to be kept when
not performing or being exhibited.
Veterinary surgeon
10.1 Name of usual veterinary surgeon
10.2 Company name
10.3 Address
10.4 Telephone number
10.5 Email address
Emergency key holder
11.1 Do you have an emergency key holder?
Yes / No If no, go to 12.1
11.2 Name
11.3 Position/job title
11.4 Address
11.5 Daytime telephone number
11.6 Evening/other telephone number
11.7 Email address
11.8 Add another person?
Yes / No If no, go to 12.1
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Emergency key holder 2
11.9 Name
11.10 Position/job title
11.11 Address
11.12 Daytime telephone number
11.13 Evening/other telephone number
11.14 Email address
Public liability insurance
12.1 Do you have public liability insurance?
Yes / No If no, go to 12.7
Please provide details of the policy
12.3 Insurance company
12.4 Policy number
12.4 Period of cover
12.6 Amount of cover (£)
Please state what steps you are taking to
obtain such insurance
Disqualifications and convictions
Has the applicant, or any person who will have control or
management of the establishment, ever been disqualified or
convicted of any offences under The Animal Welfare Act
Is the applicant, or any person who will have control or
management of the establishment, prevented from applying
for such a licence by virtue of Regulation 11 and Schedule 8
of The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving
Animals) (England) Regulations 2018
Has the applicant, or any person who will have control or
management of the establishment, ever had a licence
refused, revoked or cancelled?
If yes to any of these questions,
please provide details,
Additional details
Please check local guidance notes and conditions for any additional information which may be required
Additional information which is
required or may be relevant to the
Please attach copies of the following Information :
14.2 A plan of the premises
Insurance policy
14.4 Operating procedures
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Additional details
14.5 Risk Assessments (including Fire)
14.6 Infection control procedure
14.8 Training records
This section must be completed by the applicant. If you are an agent please ensure this section is
completed by the applicant.
I am aware of the provisions of the relevant Act, Regulations, the guidance, the general licence
conditions and the specific licence conditions;
The details contained in this application form and any attached documentation are correct to the best of
my knowledge and belief;
I understand that a person authorised by the Council will inspect the premises before a licence is
I understand that a person authorised by the Council may also inspect the premises either by
appointment or unannounced at any reasonable time, and may take photographs or video footage;
I am aware of all the fees, including any veterinary fees incurred by the Council, that are payable by me
regarding this licence application, and an officer from the Council will make contact by phone for a card
payment of those fees at the appropriate time;
I accept that in the event of my application being refused I will not be refunded the application fee or
any part thereof;
In accordance with the aforementioned legislation I hereby apply for a licence to carry on the activity of
Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition at the above premises.
Signing this box indicates you have read
and understood the above declaration
15.3 Full Name
15.4 Capacity
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General Conditions
Licence display
1.(1) A copy of the licence must be clearly and prominently displayed on any premises on which
the licensable activity is carried on.
(2) The name of the licence holder followed by the number of the licence holder’s licence must be
clearly and prominently displayed on any website used in respect of the licensable activity.
2.(1) The licence holder must ensure that at any time all the records that the licence holder is
required to keep as a condition of the licence are available for inspection by an inspector in a visible
and legible form or, where any such records are stored in electronic form, in a form from which they
can readily be produced in a visible and legible form.
(2) The licence holder must keep all such records for at least three years beginning with the date on
which the record was created.
Use, number and type of animal
3.(1) No animals or types of animal other than those animals and types of animal specified in the
licence may be used in relation to the relevant licensable activity.
(2) The number of animals kept for the activity at any time must not exceed the maximum that is
reasonable taking into account the facilities and staffing on any premises on which the licensable
activity is carried on.
4.(1) Sufficient numbers of people who are competent for the purpose must be available to
provide a level of care that ensures that the welfare needs of all the animals are met.
(2) The licence holder or a designated manager and any staff employed to care for the animals must
have competence to identify the normal behaviour of the species for which they are caring and to
recognise signs of, and take appropriate measures to mitigate or prevent, pain, suffering, injury,
disease or abnormal behaviour.
(3) The licence holder must provide and ensure the implementation of a written training policy for
all staff.
Suitable environment
5.(1) All areas, equipment and appliances to which the animals have access must present minimal
risks of injury, illness and escape and must be constructed in materials that are robust, safe and
durable, in a good state of repair and well maintained.
(2) Animals must be kept at all times in an environment suitable to their species and condition
(including health status and age) with respect to
(a)their behavioural needs,
(b)its situation, space, air quality, cleanliness and temperature,
(c)the water quality (where relevant),
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(d)noise levels,
(e)light levels,
(3) Staff must ensure that the animals are kept clean and comfortable.
(4) Where appropriate for the species, a toileting area and opportunities for toileting must be
(5) Procedures must be in place to ensure accommodation and any equipment within it is cleaned as
often as necessary and good hygiene standards are maintained and the accommodation must be
capable of being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
(6) The animals must be transported and handled in a manner (including for example in relation to
housing, temperature, ventilation and frequency) that protects them from pain, suffering, injury and
(7) All the animals must be easily accessible to staff and for inspection and there must be sufficient
light for the staff to work effectively and observe the animals.
(8) All resources must be provided in a way (for example as regards. frequency, location and access
points) that minimises competitive behaviour or the dominance of individual animals.
(9) The animals must not be left unattended in any situation or for any period likely to cause them
Suitable diet
6.(1) The animals must be provided with a suitable diet in terms of quality, quantity and frequency
and any new feeds must be introduced gradually to allow the animals to adjust to them.
(2) Feed and (where appropriate) water intake must be monitored, and any problems recorded and
(3) Feed and drinking water provided to the animals must be unspoilt and free from contamination.
(4) Feed and drinking receptacles must be capable of being cleaned and disinfected, or disposable.
(5) Constant access to fresh, clean drinking water must be provided in a suitable receptacle for the
species that requires it.
(6) Where feed is prepared on the premises on which the licensable activity is carried on, there must
be hygienic facilities for its preparation, including a working surface, hot and cold running water and
Monitoring of behaviour and training of animals
7.(1) Active and effective environmental enrichment must be provided to the animals in inside and
any outside environments.
(2) For species whose welfare depends partly on exercise, opportunities to exercise which benefit
the animals’ physical and mental health must be provided, unless advice from a veterinarian
suggests otherwise.
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(3) The animals’ behaviour and any changes of behaviour must be monitored and advice must be
sought, as appropriate and without delay, from a veterinarian or, in the case of fish, any person
competent to give such advice if adverse or abnormal behaviour is detected.
(4) Where used, training methods or equipment must not cause pain, suffering or injury.
(5) All immature animals must be given suitable and adequate opportunities to
(a)learn how to interact with people, their own species and other animals where such
interaction benefits their welfare, and
(b)become habituated to noises, objects and activities in their environment.
Animal handling and interactions
8.(1) All people responsible for the care of the animals must be competent in the appropriate
handling of each animal to protect it from pain, suffering, injury or disease.
(2) The animals must be kept separately or in suitable compatible social groups appropriate to the
species and individual animals and no animals from a social species may be isolated or separated
from others of their species for any longer than is necessary.
(3) The animals must have at least daily opportunities to interact with people where such interaction
benefits their welfare.
Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease
9.(1) Written procedures must
(a)be in place and implemented covering
(i)feeding regimes,
(ii)cleaning regimes,
(iv)the prevention of, and control of the spread of, disease,
(v)monitoring and ensuring the health and welfare of all the animals,
(vi)the death or escape of an animal (including the storage of carcasses);
(b)be in place covering the care of the animals following the suspension or revocation of the
licence or during and following an emergency.
(2) All people responsible for the care of the animals must be made fully aware of these procedures.
(3) Appropriate isolation, in separate self-contained facilities, must be available for the care of sick,
injured or potentially infectious animals.
(4) All reasonable precautions must be taken to prevent and control the spread among the animals
and people of infectious diseases, pathogens and parasites.
(5) All excreta and soiled bedding for disposal must be stored and disposed of in a hygienic manner
and in accordance with any relevant legislation.
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(6) Sick or injured animals must receive prompt attention from a veterinarian or, in the case of fish,
an appropriately competent person and the advice of that veterinarian or, in the case of fish, that
competent person must be followed.
(7) Where necessary, animals must receive preventative treatment by an appropriately competent
(8) The licence holder must register with a veterinarian with an appropriate level of experience in
the health and welfare requirements of any animals specified in the licence and the contact details
of that veterinarian must be readily available to all staff on the premises on which the licensable
activity is carried on.
(9) Prescribed medicines must be stored safely and securely to safeguard against unauthorised
access, at the correct temperature, and used in accordance with the instructions of the veterinarian.
(10) Medicines other than prescribed medicines must be stored, used and disposed of in accordance
with the instructions of the manufacturer or veterinarian.
(11) Cleaning products must be suitable, safe and effective against pathogens that pose a risk to the
animals and must be used, stored and disposed of in accordance with the manufacturer’s
instructions and used in a way which prevents distress or suffering of the animals.
(12) No person may euthanase an animal except a veterinarian or a person who has been authorised
by a veterinarian as competent for such purpose or
(a)in the case of fish, a person who is competent for such purpose;
(b)in the case of horses, a person who is competent, and who holds a licence or certificate, for
such purpose.
(13) All animals must be checked at least once daily and more regularly as necessary to check for any
signs of pain, suffering, injury, disease or abnormal behaviour and vulnerable animals must be
checked more frequently.
(14) Any signs of pain, suffering, injury, disease or abnormal behaviour must be recorded and the
advice and further advice (if necessary) of a veterinarian (or in the case of fish, of an appropriately
competent person) must be sought and followed.
10.(1) A written emergency plan, acceptable to the local authority, must be in place, known and
available to all the staff on the premises on which the licensable activity is carried on, and followed
where necessary to ensure appropriate steps are taken to protect all the people and animals on the
premises in case of fire or in case of breakdowns of essential heating, ventilation and aeration or
filtration systems or other emergencies.
(2) The plan must include details of the emergency measures to be taken for the extrication of the
animals should the premises become uninhabitable and an emergency telephone list that includes
the fire service and police.
(3) External doors and gates must be lockable.
(4) A designated key holder with access to all animal areas must at all times be within reasonable
travel distance of the premises and available to attend in an emergency.
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Specific Conditions : Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition
1. The licence holder must hold valid public liability insurance in respect of the licensable activity of
keeping or training animals for exhibition.
2. A written policy detailing contingency measures in the event of the breakdown of a vehicle used
to transport the animals or any other emergency must be available to all staff.
Suitable environment
3. Suitable temporary accommodation must be provided for all the animals at any venue where
they are exhibited.
Monitoring of behaviour and training
4. The animals must be trained by competent staff and given suitable and adequate opportunities to
become habituated to being exhibited, using positive reinforcement.
Housing with or apart from other animals
5.(1) Social animals must not be exhibited if their removal from and reintroduction to the group
with which they are usually housed causes them or any other animal within that group stress,
anxiety or fear.
(2) Animals must be prevented from coming into contact with each other during any exhibition
where such contact would be likely to cause any of them to show signs of aggression, fear or
(3) All persons likely to come into contact with the animals during an exhibition must be briefed
about how to behave around the animals so as to minimise anxiety, fear and stress in the animals.
(4) No female animal with unweaned offspring may be removed from its home environment and
newborn, unweaned or dependent offspring must not be removed from their mothers.
6. The licence holder must keep a list of each animal kept, or trained, for exhibition with all the
information necessary to identify that animal individually (including its common and scientific
names) and must provide the local authority with a copy of the list and any change to it as soon as
practicable after the change.
Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease
7.(1) A register must be kept of each animal exhibited or to be exhibited which must include
(a)the full name of its supplier,
(b)its date of birth,
(c)the date of its arrival,
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(d)its name (if any), age, sex, neuter status, description and microchip or ring number (if
(e)the name and contact details of the animal’s normal veterinarian and details of any
insurance relating to it,
(f)details of the animal’s relevant medical and behavioural history including details of any
treatment administered against parasites and any restrictions on exercise or diet,
(g)a record of the date or dates of the animal’s most recent vaccination, worming and flea
treatments, and
(h)the distance to and times taken for it to travel to and from each exhibition event.
(2) A record of when the animals are exhibited must be kept and an animal rotation policy must be
put in place to ensure that the animals have enough rest between and during exhibition events.
(3) All the animals used in exhibition events must be in good physical and mental health.
(4) The exhibited animals must be suitable for the specific conditions, type of enclosure and actions
involved in the exhibition.
(5) Any equipment, chemicals and other materials used in the exhibition must not cause the animals
pain, discomfort, fatigue or stress.
(6) The animals must be transported in suitable, secure and appropriately labelled carriers.
(7) The licence holder or the licence holder’s staff must undertake a risk assessment before each
exhibition event.
(8) The animals must not be handled by persons whose behaviour appears at the time to be
influenced by the consumption of alcohol or by any psychoactive substance.
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