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Animal Premises Licensing

IMPORTANT NEWS: Read about Changes to Animal Welfare Licensing here.


Places that sell, care for or exhibit animals may require a licence.

We issue licences under a range of different legislation applying to pet shops, the breeding of dogs, cat and dog boarding establishments, riding establishments, dangerous wild animals and zoos.

On receipt of a valid application and fee, an officer and in some circumstances, a vet will inspect the premises to ensure that the premises and practices meet high standards of animal health, welfare and safety. We require holders of animal licenses to meet industry standard "model" conditions as produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and comply with the Animal Welfare and Control Model Conditions.

In cases where a vet needs to visit a premises, the council will pass on the cost of the vet's visit to the applicant at the rate at which the vet charges the council for the inspection. This is in addition to the licensing fee.


Important - Planning for dog breeding, kennels, catteries or riding establishments.

Applicants who wish to apply for any of the above licences must ensure that they have the appropriate permission in place for the property that they intend to run the business from, as it may require a change of use in order to comply with planning legislation. Applicants should supply written evidence that the premises is suitable with their application and it is advisable for applicants to submit a Pre-application Enquiry through the National Panning Portal prior to submitting an application to ensure that the premises are suitable.

Depending on where the property is located you will need to contact either New Forest District) can be found New Forest District Council Planning or New Forest National Park Planning

The Planning Department will be consulted on applications.


If you apply for a licence a fee will be charged. Current fees can be found on our Fees and Charges 2018/2019 page. 


Updated: 22 Aug 2018
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