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Animal welfare licensing

Apply for a licence to keep or train animals for exhibition

Under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, a licence is required to keep or train animals for exhibitions as part of a business.

When is a licence needed?

A licence is required if you are:

  • keeping or training animals to be exhibited for education or entertainment as part of a business

This includes situations where:

  • an audience is attending in person
  • images are recorded that are displayed as part of a business

Are there any exceptions?

The following examples are considered out of scope and do not require a licence:

  • Registered charities are exempt unless this element is run as a commercial activity

What do I need to consider?

Full details are available in the guidance notes below: 

This is automatically a three year licence and is not subject to the star rating.

How to apply

Download and complete the following document:

If you are applying for more than one activity, you will need to fill out all relevant forms.

Completed forms may be returned to:

Animals and Licensing
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House, 5th Floor
Beckhampton Street

Alternatively, they may be sent to

How to pay

Fees can be paid by cheque made payable to Swindon Borough Council or by phone on 01793 466114. Only the application fee needs to be paid with the application. The grant fee for the issue of the licence is payable following inspection.

The full fee list is available to view below:

Licensable activity Application fee including renewals Additional costs Licence grant fee - 1 year Licence grant fee - 2 years Licence grant fee - 3 years
Exhibiting animals £120 Vet fees where applicable throughout the duration of the licence. Recharged at cost None None £245
Variation of licence £55 Vets fees where applicable and recharged at cost plus £85 inspection fee if required. None None None
Minor Variation – minor administrative change. For example, name change or additional carer name £15 None None None None
Transfer due to death of licensee £55 None None None None
Re-evaluation of star rating £45 + £85 inspection fee None None None None
Copy of licence £10.50 None None None None
Combination of licensable activities Fee chargeable is the highest fee combined with 50% of lowest application fee Vets fees as required recharged at cost Fee chargeable is the highest fee combined with 50% of lowest grant fee Fee chargeable is the highest fee combined with 50% of lowest grant fee Fee chargeable is the highest fee combined with 50% of lowest grant fee


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