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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 London Borough of Hillingdon, need to be registered with the council.


Registration summary

Legislation​ is in place to cover the use of animals in stage performances, films, at circuses, as part of exhibitions. Anyone who trains and exhibits performing animals (not including invertebrates) must be registered with their local authority.

The aim of the registration is to protect the welfare of the animals. Premises and accommodation for the animals must satisfy basic standards for their health, welfare and safety.

Anyone performing in the London Borough of Hillingdon, but living outside the borough should register with their own local authority.

If you are uncertain whether you require a performing animals registration contact the Applications Processing Team.

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

How to apply  

Fees and charges: Fees for all applications: 2016-2017 [207kb]

As part of the online process you may be asked to upload documents eg 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 

Further information about the application process [28kb]

Offences and penalties

Anybody found guilty of:

  • exhibiting or training any performing animals without a registration
  • being registered trains or exhibits any animal which is not registered or in a manner that has not been registered
  • contravening or failing to comply with an order of the Court
  • concealing an animal with a view to avoiding inspection
  • failing to produce his/her certificate of registration
  • obstructing or delaying an officer or Authorised Veterinary Practitioner or Veterinary Surgeon
  • applying to register under the Act when prohibited from being registered shall be subject on summary conviction to a fine.

Where a person has been convicted of an offence under this Act, or of any offence relating to animal health and welfare, the court may order that a persons name be removed from the register and/or disqualify the person from holding such a registration for such a period as the court thinks fit.

If a person is aggrieved by an order imposed by a Magistrates Court he or she may appeal to the Crown Court. In which case the order will not take effect until the appeal has been determined.

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