The Government has published the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England)Regulations 2018 under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The effect of the new regulations is to replace some existing licensing regimes and to put in place a new licensing regime to control certain licensed animal activities.
To keep some types of animals in Maidstone you will need a Dangerous Wild Animal licence. You will need a licence even if the animal or animals are being kept as pets. Check the list to see if you need a licence.
You may also need to apply for planning permission to change the use of the property, if you intend to breed or sell the animals as part of a business. See our planning pages for more information.
You shouldn’t need planning permission if you are keeping the animals privately as pets.
You should only apply for a licence from us if the animals are being kept in Maidstone.
To apply for a licence, you must:
We take any previous offences relating to either the mistreatment of or the negligence in care of animals very seriously.
You will need to supply:
You can bring it to the Maidstone Link in King Street between 10am and 1pm, Monday to Thursday or send it in the post to:The Licensing TeamMaidstone House
Applications take 40 days to process, with a pre-inspection visit taking place after 10 days. We will contact you within eight days of receiving the application to arrange the visit. A formal inspection will be arranged after the pre-inspection visit. As part of the inspection we will need to arrange for a certified veterinary report to be signed by a veterinary officer.
You will need to renew your licence every two years. You can renew your licence and pay the fee by completing our online application form and returning it to us.
You need to let us know about changes such as your name, address, change of business premises or if you have stopped dealing with scrap metal. You can tell us about it online on the GOV.uk website.
New applications and renewals will cost £465.
There may be extra costs to pay for veterinary inspections carried out as part of the application. These vary in price depending on which surgery carries out the inspection and are paid directly to them.
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