Apply for or renew a licence to keep or train animals for exhibition

Use this service to apply for a licence to keep or train animals for exhibition:

  • for entertainment
  • for educational purposes
  • to an audience or via electronic media

Licences cost £605 and are valid for 3 years.

Before you apply, you may need to check if planning permission is required to carry out the specific activity.

Who cannot apply

You cannot apply for a licence if you:

Apply for or renew a licence

Before you apply, read our Animal Licensing Policy.

You must be 18 or over to apply.

You'll need to complete an application form and email or post it to us, along with your:

  • premises plan
  • insurance policy
  • operating procedures
  • fire risk assessment and emergency plan
  • preventative healthcare plan
  • qualifications
  • training records
  • a clear copy of the full front and back of your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate (this must be no more than two months old at the time you apply)

We'll contact you to request payment for the licence after we receive your application.

Download and complete the Keeping or training animals for exhibition application PDF, 916KB.

Send the completed application form and other requirements by email or post to:

[email protected]

Buckinghamshire Council
The Gateway
Gatehouse Road
HP19 8FF

Pay the fee

Do not send cash or cheques. We'll contact you for payment when we have verified your application.

Renewing your licence

You should renew your licence at least 10 weeks before your current licence expires.

If we do not receive your application within this time, it may be delayed and you may need to stop trading until it’s approved.

If your licence is approved

You’ll need to:

  • display your licence in a public-facing area of the premises, such as the entrance or reception area
  • show the name of the licence holder and the number of the licence holder’s licence on any website used in respect of the licensable activity

Premises inspections

We will inspect your premises before the licence is granted. You’ll need to be able to show that you have:

  • a specialist knowledge in the species that they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare
  • comprehensive records that contain all the information required by the conditions that apply to the activities you want to carry out
  • an understanding of risks involved in caring for the animal, including an extensive risk assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly
  • training procedures in place to make sure staff know what is expected of them, a system of annual staff appraisals and ongoing knowledge development for all staff, including yourself

Based on the application and the information given to us at the inspection, we’ll assess the risk rating,

If your application is refused

You can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal if we refuse to grant or renew a licence.

You must make your appeal within 28 days of the day following the date of the decision.

Make a change to your licence

You'll need to request a change to your licence if you want to:

  • increase animal numbers
  • add a new type of animal
  • let us know if you've moved house

Contact [email protected] for advice.

Statutory guidance

Contact the animal licensing team