Apply for an animal licence

About animal licences

We are responsible for licensing a number of activities relating to the welfare of animals under a number of Acts of Parliament. This legislation is aimed at protecting animals in order to carry out certain businesses, or have possession of certain animals within the borough of Bury without first being licensed by the Council.

The purpose of the animal establishment's legislation set out below is to protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and prevent the spread of disease.

We issue licences for the below activities relating to the welfare of animals and are regulated by the following Acts:

  • Dangerous wild animal licences (Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976)
  • Zoo licences (Zoo Licensing Act 1981)
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006 (The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018)

How to apply

  • Download and complete the relevant application form below and post it with all the documents specified in part 2 of the standard declaration to: Licensing, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ.
  • We'll call you to take your payment of the licence fee by credit or debit card.
  • We'll schedule an inspection of your premises by an animal welfare officer. Please note, you'll also need to pay the cost of any veterinary fees if a vet is needed during the inspection.
  • If the officer is satisfied your premises meet all the licence conditions, we'll issue your licence.

Application forms and guidance

Animal boarding (includes day care)

pdf icon Defra guidance notes for boarding cats [1Mb]

pdf icon Defra guidance notes for dog boarding kennels [457kb]

pdf icon Defra guidance notes for home boarding dogs [598kb]

pdf icon Defra guidance notes for day care for dogs [461kb]

pdf icon Application for a licence to provide or arrange for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs [115kb]

Breeding and sale of dogs

pdf icon Defra guidance notes for breeding dogs [648kb]

pdf icon Application for a licence to breed dogs [119kb]

Hiring out horses

pdf icon Defra guidance notes for hiring out horses [496kb]

pdf icon RCVS Riding Establishments Guidance - England [1Mb]

pdf icon Application for a licence to hire out horses [179kb]

Performing animals

pdf icon Defra guidance notes for exhibiting animals [616kb]

pdf icon Application for a licence to keep or train animals for exhibition [126kb]

Selling animals as pets

pdf icon Defra guidance notes for selling animals as pets [993kb]

pdf icon Application for a licence to sell animals as pets [124kb]

Fees and charges

Contact for Bury Licensing Service