Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Fees and how to apply

Before applying

Please refer to the guidance for the keeping or training of animals for exhibition licence on the Canine and Feline Sector Groups website: legislation and guidance (

We recommend that before submit your application, you get advice one of our officers. You can use our Environmental Health contact form or telephone 01455 238141.

Licences for these activities are issued for three years. This is on the basis that previously they had been subject to a simple registration system. There is no risk assessment applied to such activities.

Before the expiry date of any existing licence we will send you an application form so that you can apply to renew. Payment for the application fee can be made by cheque or debit or credit card.


The application fee for a licence to keep or train animals for exhibition is £240.34.

Multiple activities

For those applicants who are making an application for more than one licensable activity, the highest application fee will be payable, plus £47.58 for each additional activity.

How to apply

You can apply for a licence online:

Apply to keep or train animals for exhibition

Alternatively, we can send you an application form: Environmental Health contact form

Time period for council to normally approve the application

10 weeks

What happens if your application is not processed by this council within the normal approved time period (Tacit consent)

It is in the interest of animal welfare that this council processes the application. The council may be required to consult other external agencies prior to making a decision. Therefore, should you not receive confirmation that your licence application has been granted or rejected within 10 weeks of submission you may not commence your business.

If you have not heard from us in that time period

Please use our Environmental Health contact form

Complaints concerning the process

In the first instance, please use our Environmental Health contact form. Any person who is refused a licence or objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the First Tier Tribunal.

Any change in circumstances

You should advise the council of any substantial changes to the activity undertaken if they may affect your licence conditions.

Last updated: ‎31‎/‎03‎/‎2023 10:52