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Register for the exhibition or training of performing animals

Anyone who intends to keep or train animals for public performances within the borough, needs to be registered with the council.

What you need to know before applying

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must not be prohibited from registering by a court order made under the Performing Animals Regulation Act 1925 or have a conviction under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.


  • The term exhibit is defined as exhibit at any entertainment to which the public are admitted, whether on payment of money or otherwise.
  • To train means for the purpose of any such exhibition.


This registration procedure does not apply to the training or exhibition of animals for the following purposes:

  • military
  • police
  • agricultural
  • sporting


Type of applicationFee
Application for a licence - profit making organisation£396
Application for a licence - non profit making eg schools£52
To change a licence£55

If you are uncertain whether you require a licence, please use gov.uk licence finder.

How to apply  

As part of the online process you may be asked to upload documents, for example a public liability insurance, or confirm dates when fire fighting appliances were serviced. You will not be able to complete and submit the application form without this information.

Apply now

What happens next 

We will process your application as quickly as possible and, in any event, aim to process the application within 30 calendar days. Tacit consent does apply.

Find out more about the application process [28KB] »

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