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Animal Welfare Regulations 2018

Pet owners and livestock keepers can visit GOV.UK or the RSPCA websites for specific advice on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The CFSG website provides advice for Animal Businesses providing care for key workers' animals & on the Covid 19 restrictions, but please be aware that this is for guidance ONLY, all other restrictions are still in operation.

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force on 1st October 2018.

This legislation applies to pet shops, catteries, kennels, home boarders, doggy day care, riding establishments, dog breeders and performing/exhibition of animals.

As a result, new conditions now apply to licences including:

  • general conditions that apply to all licences
  • specific conditions that will apply to specific animal activity

License holders must comply with both sets of conditions.

You can see a list of licensed premises in the High Peak below.

Licensed animal premises in High Peak [22KB]

Guidance notes published by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA):

To help current or prospective licence holders understand what will be required of them under the new legislation Defra has produced guidance documents. Please refer to the guidance documents below for more information on the changes.

No changes have been made to Dangerous Wild Animals Licences or Zoo Licences.

Defra Guidance notes for Breeding Dogs [603KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Boarding Cats [1MB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Dog Boarding Kennels [424KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Home Boarding Dogs [564KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Day Care for Dogs [429KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Selling Animals as Pets [868KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Hiring Out Horses [462KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Exhibiting Animals [616KB]