Animal Welfare Licensing is changing!

Date published: 01 October 2018

This week new animal welfare regulations will be introduced that fundamentally change the animal licensing system.

On 1st October 2018 the new legislation will be brought into effect and will, in future, allow for the licensing of the following activities:

  • Selling Animals as pets (pet shops)
  • Providing Boarding for cats or dogs (Dog Kennels and Catteries)
  • Home Dog Boarding
  • Dog Day Care
  • Hiring Out Horses
  • Breeding Dogs (to include where 3 or more litters are bred in 12 months or a business selling dogs is  advertised)
  • Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition

All existing premises in West Lindsey will continue to be licensed until their licence expires. However, any new premises, or any business that are now encompassed within the above criteria, will require a licence on 1st October 2018.

Cllr Jessie Milne, Chairman of Licensing at West Lindsey is pleased that the new legislation is coming into effect this week, she said: “This legislation will be more modern and incorporate many more elements than the previous legislation did, it will even include activities such as dog day care! I would urge people to read the new legislation carefully to ensure you hold the correct license.”

The legislation can be viewed in full on the Government Legislation website by visiting:

Further guidance documents are available on the Canine and Feline Sector Group website here:

The new licences will also be subject to satisfactory inspections by officers from West Lindsey, and also by an approved veterinarian for dog breeding establishments and premises hiring out horses.

The new licenses can be issued for up to 3 years, and the fee’s will initially remain at the current levels, however it is expected that these may increase in the future due to the additional amount of officer/inspection time required when dealing with applications under the new regime.

In addition to the above changes, the inspecting officer will, in the future, be required to determine a "Star Rating" for each licence issued, together with a determination on the duration of the licence and frequency of inspections. The star rating will form part of the licence which must be publicly displayed.

If you have any questions relating to the above changes, or would like to get in touch with the Licensing Team at West Lindsey, please email

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