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Changes to animal licensing laws

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 type of licence from that date. It will be 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. Those businesses operating under current licences will be able to continue to do so until the expiry date of their licence. All applications to renew licences will be under the new legislation.

The effect of the new regulations is to replace some existing licensing regimes and to put in place a new licensing regime to control the following licensable activities:

Application forms and guidance 

Public Register of Animal Activity Licences

Download the Public Register of Animal Activity Licences.

Contact Licensing Team

Bedford Borough Council
Licensing Service
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP

Tel. 01234 276934
Fax: 01234 718392

GDPR and privacy statements

View the full GDPR and privacy statement for zoo licensing.

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