Draft Animal Licensing Policy consultation

We are carrying out a consultation on our draft Animal Licensing Policy. The consultation will run from 21 December 2018 to 15 March 2019. Find out how to have your say on our Draft Animal Licensing Policy consultation page.

Animal activities licensing

The law has changed as of 1 October 2018 and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 are now in force. Find out more.

Changes to animal welfare licensing laws

We are working towards fully understanding the changes and implementing them as smoothly as possible. For more information, visit the Legislation.gov.uk website's animal welfare licensing laws page.

The changes affect anyone involved in the following animal activities:

If you have questions about how the new rules may affect you, contact Customer Services: 01483 505050, email CustomerServices@guildford.gov.uk.

Please read the guidance notes on what will be required.  You can add more than one activity to each licence, however you must read the guidance as some activities are not compatible.

Application forms

Please complete the animal activity licensing form that is relevant to your business, as well as the Standard Introductory Section form, and the Declaration Section form, and return all forms by email to: Licensing@guildford.gov.uk.

icon Provision of Boarding for Cats and Dogs [634.61KB]

icon Breeding Dogs [617.51KB]

icon Hiring Out Horses [614.8KB]

icon Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition [596.3KB]

icon Selling Animals as Pets [625.45KB]

How to pay

  • Pay with a debit/credit card over the phone once you have emailed your forms to us. Telephone: 01483 505050.

  • Pay with a debit/credit card at our main reception, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB.


All premises will be inspected before the licence is granted. The inspector will be checking the applicant has the following:

  • a specialist knowledge in the species they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare.This would include the animal's mental and physical health, feeding and knowledge of environmental enrichment. The applicant should be able to demonstrate that they have researched and followed expert guidance in order to carry out their role.

  • comprehensive records that contain all the information required by the conditions that apply to their particular activities.

  • an understanding of risks involved in caring for the animal, including an extensive risk assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly. These documents should be available for the Inspector to examine.

  • training procedures in place to make sure staff know what is expected of them, and clear evidence of good supervision of staff.

The premises will also be assessed so we can be sure the licence holder can meet the new laws relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept.

Based on the information, we will assess the risk rating and award stars.

Low-risk premises can attain up to five stars, and premises that have been assessed as higher risk can be awarded up to four stars. If the applicant is not satisfied with the decision, they can make improvements to address highlighted issues, and ask for a re-inspection.

A premises with a lower star rating is not necessarily a premises to avoid as there are other factors that have to be considered, such as the length of time the licence holder has been operating. New businesses will be assessed as slightly higher risk simply because there is no history of good practice that can be considered. Some older premises cannot attain a five star rating due to the way they were originally designed.

Premises already licensed under the old legislation will continue to be licensed until such time as their licence expires. They will then have to apply for a new licence under the new regulations.

Licence Type

Application Fee

Fee For Grant

Total Fee

Other Costs

Animal Boarding




Vet fees upon application and as required for licence duration.

Home Boarding




Dog Day Care




Dog Breeding




Keeping Animals for Exhibition




Selling Animals as Pets




Hiring out horses




Each Additional Licence Activity




Each Additional Inspection




Advisory Visit




Variation to licence




Re-evaluation of rating




Variations to reduce the licensable activities or numbers of animals




Transfer due to death of licensee