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Animal licensing

You'll need a licence from the council if you want to:

  • sell animals as pets
  • provide boarding for cats or dogs (including day care)
  • breed dogs
  • hire out horses
  • keep or train animals for exhibiting

How to apply for a licence

  1. Read the guidance notes for your chosen licence. You'll find them in the licences section below.
  2. Call 01642 726001 to pay for your licence. You'll need to quote the reference on the application form. Once the payment has gone through, you'll be given a payment reference number.
  3. Fill in your application. Make sure you include your payment reference number so we know you've paid.
  4. Send your application by email or post. We'll contact you to let you know what happens next.

Licences

Selling animals

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Before you apply, you must read the selling animals guidance notes.

The licence costs £278 for a 1 year licence. Call 01642 726001 to pay for your licence.

Once you've made the payment, complete the selling animals licence application form and send it to us by email or post.

Dog boarding establishment

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Before you apply, you must read the dog boarding establishment guidance notes.

The licence costs £278 for a 1 year licence. Call 01642 726001 to pay for your licence.

Once you've made the payment, complete the dog boarding establishment licence application form and send it to us by email or post.

Cat boarding establishment (cattery)

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Before you apply, you must read the cat boarding establishment guidance notes.

The licence costs £278 for a 1 year licence. Call 01642 726001 to pay for your licence.

Once you've made the payment, complete the cat boarding establishment licence application form and send it to us by email or post.

Dog breeding

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Before you apply, you must read the dog breeding guidance notes.

The licence costs £278 for a 1 year licence. Call 01642 726001 to pay for your licence.

Once you've made the payment, complete the dog breeding licence application form and send it to us by email or post.

Hire out horses

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Before you apply, you must read the hiring out horses guidance notes.

The licence costs £278 for a 1 year licence. Call 01642 726001 to pay for your licence.

Once you've made the payment, complete the hiring out horses licence application form and send it to us by email or post.

Exhibiting animals

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Before you apply, you must read the exhibiting animals guidance notes.

The licence costs £429 for a 3 year licence. Call 01642 726001 to pay for your licence.

Once you've made the payment, complete the exhibiting animals licence application form and send it to us by email or post.