Melton Borough Council

Apply for a licence for keeping or training animals for exhibition

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 stipulate that “keeping or training animals for exhibition” is a licensable activity by the definition below:

“Keeping or training animals for exhibition in the course of a business for educational or entertainment purposes—

(a) to any audience attending in person, or

(b) by the recording of visual images of them by any form of technology that enables the display of such images”

Exemptions are listed in the regulations

This covers any exhibition including those made through online media.

Licence conditions

Each licence is subject to a set of mandatory general conditions and a set of mandatory specific conditions which are listed in the regulations and Defra guidance.

Licence length

Licences are issued for 3 years.

Current fees

Our current charges for these licences are shown on our fees page.

Pre-application advice

We understand that you may be unsure whether your business/activities fall within the scope of the new regulations and as such we are offering a pre-application service. 

If this is something you would like to access then please complete and return the questionnaire in as much detail as possible so we may determine whether an application is required in your personal circumstances and what the next steps for you would be.

How to apply

Apply for a licence for keeping or training animals for exhibition

When submitting this form any personal information you give to us is covered by the Licensing Privacy Notice

You will need to ensure you have the necessary authorisation under the Planning Acts to operate your business. Please contact the Development Control Team by emailing You can also find further advice by visiting pages on planning permissions . You can also seek advice from Environmental Health.

If you require any assistance then please email