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Performing animals registration

Licence summary

In partnership with EUGO LogoIf you exhibit, use or train performing animals, in England, Wales or Scotland, you must be registered with your local authority. 

Applications must contain details about the animals and the performances they are to take part in. Applications may be subject to a fee. 

Where to find help

Apply online

You can apply online for a performing animals registration licence on the Gov.UK website.

General enquiries

Eligibility criteria

No provision in legislation.

Regulation summary

Application evaluation process

Once your application is received, a licensing officer will contact you to make arrangements to carry out an inspection of your premises. The officer may be accompanied by an approved vet.

Will tacit consent apply

No. Your licence will only be issued to you when all the necessary inspections /checks have been carried out and the premises meets the required standards.

The licence may also list additional site specific conditions.

Target completion

You can expect to be contacted by Animal Health Licensing within 14 days of receipt of your application.  We would normally expect to let you know our decision on your application within 6 weeks of receipt.

Failed application redress

Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance.

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. 

Other redress

A police officer or officer of the local authority may make a complaint to the local magistrates' court if they feel that animals have been subject to cruelty.

Trade associations

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