Keeping and training animals for exhibition

You will need to apply for a licence to keep or train animals.

A licence to keep or train animals will last three years.

Apply for a licence

To apply for a licence, you’ll need to

We recommend reading the guidance notes for keeping and training animals for exhibition.

Fees

There are two parts to the fee:

  • Part A - a fee of £195 for processing your application, including any appropriate checks (part A)
  • Part B - an additional fee of £195, if you are successful in being granted a licence.  This may also include any veterinary fees where appropriate.

If you need advice and guidance on applying for a license, we offer a pre-application advice service. The fee for this service is £65. 

Book a pre-application advice meeting by emailing animal.licensing@medway.gov.uk.

Paying the fee

You can download a complete list of fees.

To pay by phone you will need to:

  • tell customer services what licence you're paying for
  • quote the selling animals as pets reference number: 4E55194900058560 

Once you have made payment by phone you must add:

  • your payment reference number to your application form
  • the date you made the payment to your application form

You can make payment by card by phoning 01634 333 333.

Or pay by a cheque made payable to Medway Council and attach it to your application form.

After you apply

Once we have received your application, we'll contact you to arrange an inspection of the premises by one of our licensing officers and an independent vet if necessary.

Once we've successfully completed our inspection, we'll send you an invoice for the second part of the licence fee, which is currently £195, as well as the veterinary inspector's fee if applicable.

Inspection reports

To speed up the inspection, you can download and begin to complete the inspection report that will be used by the officer and vet during your premises' inspection.

Download the inspection report for keeping and training animals for exhibition.

Existing licences

If you've already got an animal licence under the previous legislation, you'll need to apply for a new one when it expires.

You’ll need to complete a new application at least 10 weeks before your existing licence expires.

For more advice email animal.licensing@medway.gov.uk.

Renewing

Your licence will last for three years.

You’ll need to complete a new application at least 10 weeks before your existing licence expires.