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Changes to Animal Licensing to come into effect from October 1st 2018

Published Wednesday, 12th September 2018 picture of a puppy

On 1st October 2018 The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 will commence and will change the way Melton Borough Council licences certain activities.

Mal Sheldon, Chairman of the Place Committee said: “We welcome these changes that help ensure that we do everything possible to monitor and regulate higher animal welfare standards, particularly with online sales of pets which has until now been unregulated.  Melton Mowbray is the Nation’s Most Pet Friendly Town and it’s an accolade that we are incredibly proud of. These new regulations are another important step in raising standards in animal welfare across the nation.”

The new regulations specify five “licensable activities” which are:

  • Selling animals as pets (including online sales),
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding cats and dogs (including home boarding for dogs & Doggy Day Care),
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition (this used to be regulated by Leicestershire County Council and includes live and recorded exhibitions).   

A major change will be the introduction of a Star Rating system, similar to that used by food businesses, whereby if the premises meet additional Higher Standards they could receive a higher star rating and a longer length licence.  These ratings will be published for consumer’s consideration.

Melton Borough Council’s website will be kept up to date with fees, forms and guidance but if you think that the changes may affect your business or, if you would like any further information then please contact a member of Melton Borough Council’s Licensing Team at




For more information please contact:

Hazel Paterson - Communications Officer

Melton Borough Council

01664 504294