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Animal movement licence

Licence summary

In partnership with EUGO LogoTo move certain types of livestock you wil need an animal movement licence. You are required to complete and keep statutory records of all animal movements.

Where to find help

For advice and an application form please contact the Animal Health team.

The Council:

  • monitors animal movements by licence
  • checks movements and associated records on farms
  • monitors welfare standards of animals which are kept on farms, or are in transit or exposed for sale in livestock markets
  • investigates complaints relating to livestock movements or welfare issues

In addition carcasses of any animal found on agricultural premises has to be disposed of in compliance with strict rules.

In addition we have responsibility for formulating and deploying Rabies, Foot and Mouth and Avian Flu precautions through Contingency Plans. This work is undertaken in partnership with other agencies including Defra and the Health Protection Agency, so as to ensure that comprehensive controls are in place to prevent the introduction of and control the spread of animal health diseases in the region.

You can also contact the following organisation for further information.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must be the owner of the animals or their agent.

Regulation summary

For more information visit the Gov.UK website.

Application evaluation process

Applications for licences are made to the local authority in whose area the animal/s are situated.

Applications must be in writing, should detail the animals the application concerns and any other information required by the local authority.

Will tacit consent apply

No. For Animal Health reasons it is important that controls are in place at all times.

Target completion

You can expect to be contacted by the Team within 14 days of receipt.

Failed application redress

You are advised to take up any issue with Cheshire West and Chester Council first.

Licence holder redress

You are advised to take up any issue with Cheshire West and Chester Council first.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, further information about making a complaint, can be found on the Information for Consumers page of this website. 

Trade associations

Cheshire West and Chester Regulatory Services are on hand to assist and advise farmers in complying with their statutory obligations. The following organisations provide further information regarding animal movements.

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