Dogs Trust

Important changes are on the way. Are you affected?

From 1st October 2018 there will be some important legislative changes taking place affecting anyone who breeds, boards, sells or provides day care for dogs in England.

Dog owners will soon be able to check whether any establishment they take their dog to or get a dog from has a licence, and furthermore, be able to see what star-rating they have been awarded, on a scale of one to five.

The new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations require dog-based businesses to meet a set of defined minimum standards, and if they do so, to display a licence. Display of the rating is not compulsory.

The licences and ratings will be issued by Local Authorities, and there are also some financial penalties for any business which continues to operate without a licence after the transitional period.

Who needs a licence?

  1. Boarding kennels
  2. 'At home' boarding establishments
  3. Breeders (anyone breeding three or more litters per year)
  4. Doggy day care providers
  5. Anybody selling dogs they did not breed themselves. This includes pet shops.

Who does not need a licence?

  1. Dog walkers
  2. Dog groomers
  3. Dog hydrotherapists

For any further advice on whether or not you need a licence, please contact your Local Authority.

Read the full regulations