Freedom of information request response - 05917

FOI request

FOI ID number
Animal Activities Licensing

Please find attached a Freedom of Information request we are making to all English local authorities with regard to the new The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

This request relates only to licences considered for ‘Selling animals as pets’ under Schedule 3 of the Regulations.

We believe the Regulations and associated Guidance notes for conditions for selling animals as pets are much more burdensome for both local authorities and businesses and we are interested to understand how the implementation of the new procedures has impacted on local authorities and the greater number of businesses now subject to the new regime. We intend to use the information gathered through this FOI request in talks with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the Spring with the aim of making the current guidance more effective and less burdensome for all involved.

Our response


Please find the information you have requested attached. Please note the information has been redacted for data protection reasons, in line with our Redaction Policy.

Response date
15 March 2019