The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, came into effect 1 October 2018.

View the full legislation at

You require a licence if you operate any of the following businesses:

  • Pet shop
  • Animal boarding establishment (commercial boarding kennels, catteries, home dog boarding, dog day care)
  • Dog breeding establishment
  • Riding establishment
  • Keeper and trainer of performing animals

How to apply


The fees are variable depending on the duration of the licence.

Please refer to the application in the download section

Application form

The application form can be found in the downloads section.

Returning your application – Post or Electronically

Complete and return the form with the correct fee and supporting documentation to the postal or email address below.

Contact us

Payment can be made by cheque, postal order or you can request that payment be taken over the phone or by bank transfer.

Please complete our contact our Licensing Team providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.


Licensing Services
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square