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Animal licences

Keeping or training animals for exhibition

You need a licence for keeping or training animals for exhibition in the course of a business, for educational or entertainment purposes to any audience attending in person, or by recording of visual images of them by any form of technology that enables the display of such images.

Failure to adhere to the Statutory Guidance will result in the Council refusing to grant a Licence or renew a current Licence:

If you are inviting members of the public to interact (pet/stroke/ride) animals you will need to be mindful of health and safety requirements, especially preventing or controlling ill health from animal contact at visitor attractions or open farms and Children and Public Safety.

We are in the process of developing guidance documents to assist you with your application. At this time they are not available but if you require further information please contact us via email at

Application for a licence to keep/train animals for exhibition