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Keeping or training animals for exhibition

How to apply for an animal exhibition licence, and information about conditions

Who should apply

You'll need a licence if you keep or train animals for exhibition for educational or entertainment purposes. You'll need a licence if:

  • the exhibition is shown to an audience in person
  • you record visual images of the animals (by any form of technology) that enables display of these images

Apply for a licence

To apply for an exhibition of animals licence online you’ll need:

  • A debit or credit card for the fee

New exhibition of animals licence application

Renew your exhibition of animals licence application

What happens next?

We'll visit your premises. We'll inspect your premises and procedures in accordance with the regulations and guidance under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

If there are no issues, we'll issue you a licence for three years.

Planning requirements

Even if we've issued a licence, you may still need planning permission for keeping or training animals for exhibition. For further information, please see our planning pages.

Neighbourhood nuisance issues

We have a duty to investigate complaints of nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Even if you’ve had a licence or planning permission granted, if we find your premises to have issues like excessive noise, and odour, this could result in formal action being taken. For further advice, please contact


Mandatory conditions will apply to your licence, and there are some additional conditions in the guidance documents. You can find these at the bottom of the page.

Licence renewals

You'll need to renew your licence at least 10 weeks before it expires. We'll send you a renewal form when it's time for you to renew. Being late with your renewal may mean a break in licensable activity.

Further information

For further information, please contact us. Our contact details are below