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To apply for a licence for an animal activity, first select the appropriate application form from the bottom of the page for the activity you intend to carry out.
Before the application can be determined, the local authority must do all of the following:
The local authority, using all the information in front of them, will consider whether:
If the answer to any of these questions is in the negative, the application will be refused.
The licence will be issued for a period of one, two or three years, with the exception of licences for performing animals, which will always be issued for three years. The length of time that the licence is issued for will be determined by the risk assessment made by the inspecting officer in their report. The assessment will take into account:
Businesses will be given a star rating based on the results of their inspection. The criteria for the star rating are set by DEFRA in its procedural guidance to licensing authorities document. The ratings range from 1 star to 5 stars and are a function of the risk assessment the inspecting officer produces as part of their report.
The application fee must be paid at the time of application for it to be valid. The vet's fees will be payable after the inspection has taken place.
The fees table shows the cost of each activity.
The above should be downloaded with the associated DEFRA guidance notes. Applicants must read the guidance and ensure that they comply with all of the conditions. The bullet point guidance identifies either what is required or how the applicant can met each specific condition.
Gov.uk - Guidance for Animal Activity Licences (select relevant category)