The guidance in the document below gives advice for those businesses involved in the boarding and also breeding of cats and dogs and pet shops which are activities that require a licence, but also dog walking and grooming that do not require a licence.

The following business activities operators must be licensed by the local authority whose area they are in, under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

You can read animal business guidance on the CFSG website. This is updated regularly. 

Selling animals as pets

Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs

Hiring out horses

Breeding dogs

Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Click on each animal activity above for further information. If you are unsure whether or not you are carrying out a business in relation to any of these categories, then you need to read through the specific guidance and / or speak to the licensing officer.

List of Animal Activity Licenses

The list of animal activities licensed in Charnwood can be viewed in the document below:

How to apply

If you wish to apply for an Animal Activity Licence then you need to download the application form and complete and return with the relevant application fee. All applicants need to complete Sections 1 to 4 and then the sections relevant to their application.

The fees associated with Animal Activity Licences are available below. There is an application fee that must accompany the application and then a licence fee which is paid once the licence is granted. There may also be separate veterinary inspection fees associated with certain animal activities.

Animal Activity Licence Fees Summary

See our Animal Activity Licence FAQs for further information on how this new licensing scheme will work.

The following also require a licence under separate legislation:

Further guidance can be found below.

Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing

New statutory guidance for animal activity licensing from February 1, 2022 can be found on the Government website.

Last updated: Fri 31st March, 2023 @ 15:50