Find out about licensing for keeping or training animals for exhibition.

Licensing of animal activities

Licences for keeping or training animals for exhibition are controlled by the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and we are the licensing authority for Rushmoor.

You can read the keeping or training animals for exhibition licensing statutory guidance to determine whether you need a licence. Please contact us if you need to discuss the licensing requirements further. 

Applying for a new licence

To apply for a new licence, please contact us using the contact details on this page.  

New licence fees

Licence Application fee
Keeping or training animals for exhibition £554.83

There is a non-refundable application fee payable when you apply and an enforcement fee payable once the licence is granted. We cannot issue the licence until we receive the enforcement fee.

If you carry out more than one licensable activity, there is a fee of £50 for each additional activity. This assumes the licences are applied for and renewed at the same time for each activity, otherwise separate application and enforcement fees are payable for each activity.

Renewing your licence

We will write to you before your licence is due to expire to explain how to renew your licence.  You will need to submit your completed application at least ten weeks before your existing licence expires.  Please contact us for an application form. 

Renewal fees

Licence Renewal application fee
Keeping or training animals for exhibition £466.39

There is a non-refundable application fee payable when you apply and an enforcement fee payable once the licence is granted.  We cannot issue the licence until we receive the enforcement fee.

If you carry out more than one licensable activity, there is a fee of £50 for each additional activity.  This assumes the licences are applied for and renewed at the same time for each activity, otherwise separate application and enforcement fees are payable for each activity.

Additional fees for these licences

  • Application for re-rating - £159.53
  • Transfer / variation - £15.10
  • Additional copy of licence - £5.92

Length of licence

Keeping or training animals for exhibition licences are granted for three years.  These licences do not have a star rating.

Statutory guidance

Defra has issued guidance for the animal activity licensing process and specific guidance for keeping or training animals for exhibition:

We are legally required to use the above guidance when making our licensing decisions. This will include their mandatory conditions, which we have to include in your licence. 

The guidance contains explanatory guidance for each mandatory condition, which we also must consider when determining your application and assessing compliance with the licence conditions.

Licensed businesses in Rushmoor

We do not currently have any businesses in Rushmoor licensed for keeping or training animals for exhibition.


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