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Animal licences

Animal Welfare Licensing Regulations 2018

Application forms

At present, DEFRA has not published the applications on (opens new window) website. Therefore please select the appropriate application and ideally submit a saved completed copy with scanned supporting documents to, alternatively post to:

Environmental Protection Manager, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TY.

Apply for a licence to provide or arrange for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs


Apply for a licence to breed dogs

Breeding and sale of dogs application form part 2 (Word doc) [57KB]

Apply for a licence to hire out horses


Apply for a licence to keep or train animals for exhibition


Apply for a licence to sell animals as pets


Forms for adding new horses

Horse identification document (Word doc) [82KB]

Veterinary Inspector's Report Form -Adding a Horse 2024-25 (Word doc) [32KB]

To pay a fee

Chichester District Council has set the fees that will be charged for licences under the new regulations for the financial year 2024-25 in the table. You can pay a fee by:

  • BACs transfer.
    • Account Name: Chichester District Council,
      Bank: Natwest,
      Account Number: 26121263,
      Sort code: 60-05-24.
  • Debit card. Please contact our Customer Service Team on 01243 534734.

Please use the Licenced Premises address as your reference. Please note the licence fees change from 1 April 2024. Fees are reviewed annually in line with the Government guidance for setting licence fees, to ensure they cover the costs of operating the licensing function. An administration fee of £25 will be deducted from Licence Application refunds when an applicant makes the decision to no longer proceed with the application. Changes are subject to approval by the Cabinet and the General Licensing Committee.



Licence Type


Licence Fee

Selling animals as pets 


Franchise Animal BoardingHome placements608.50

Home boarding of dogs



Dog day care

1-6 (home)406.00









Kennel  or Cattery Boarding - dogs or cats









Hire of horses/donkeys

(Vet Inspection is mandatory) 









New dog breeding establishment

(Vet Inspection is mandatory) 

1-6 Litters


7-11 Litters


12+ Litters


Renewal dog breeding establishment

1-6 Litters


7-11 Litters


12+ Litters


Animals for exhibition

[3 year licence]



6+ or

3+ species



Fees for each Licence type
Licence TypeLicence Fee
More than one licensable activity at inspection-128.00
Appeals requests203.00
Re-inspection for re-rating requests197.50
Variation to licence (No Visit Required)53.50
Variation to licence (Visit Required)197.50
Processing Dangerous Wild Animal (DWA) application (Vets fees charged separately)265.00
Add horse to Licence32.50
Annual Horse Inspection Admin Fee32.50
Vets fees (where required)Recharge the licensee of the cost to Authority


Current Animal Licence Register

Current Animal Licence Register (Word doc) [265KB]

Guidance - what you need to apply for a licence

Guidance for local authority inspectors on licensing activities involving:

  • Boarding dogs in kennels
  • Boarding for cats
  • Breeding dogs
  • Day care for dogs
  • Exhibition of animals
  • Hiring out horses
  • Home boarding for dogs
  • Selling animals as pets
  • Licensing of dog boarding franchises

Guidance for local authorities on animal activities licensing (opens new window)

Inspections and Star Rating

All premises will be inspected before the licence is granted. The inspector will be looking to make sure the applicant has the following:

  • a specialist knowledge in the species they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare - i.e. mental and physical health, feeding, and knowledge of environmental enrichment.
  • 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 inspection findings will be fed into the following scoring matrix which determines both the licence duration (either 1, 2 or 3 years), but also a star rating which will be given to a business. If the applicant is not happy with the decision, they can make improvements to address highlighted issues, submit an appeal, or ask for re-inspection.

Inspection scoring matrix Scoring matrix

Scoring Matrix

Welfare Standards

Minor Failings

Minimum Standards

Higher Standards


Low Risk

1 Star

(1 year licence)

3 Star

(2 year licence)

5 Star

(3 year licence)

Higher Risk

1 Star

(1 year licence)

2 Star

(1 year licence)

4 Star

(2 year licence)

Premises with lower star ratings

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.

Premises with higher star ratings

A premises with a higher star rating indicates that the licence holder has achieved a set of higher standards that are specific to their type of activity. These are defined in the relevant guidance documents.

Dangerous Wild Animals and Zoos

The new regulations do not have any impact upon licences issued under The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and the Zoo Licensing Act 1981.

Wild animal licence application form

Report an Alleged Unlicensed Premises Form


Contact us 

For further information and advice email Alternatively, you can phone us on 01243 534598.