Licences for animal related businesses

Licence to keep or train animals for exhibition

You require a licence from The London Borough of Newham if you want to keep or train animals for exhibition in the course of a business for educational or entertainment purposes:

  • To any audience attending in person or  
  • By the recording of visual images of them by any form of technology that enables the display of such images.

Before granting a licence we will check that you comply with all the general and specific conditions as required by Schedule 2 and Schedule 7 of The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. A licence once granted is valid for three years.

It is against the law not to obtain a licence and it is your legal responsibility to ensure you have a current licence.

For further information or to request an application form and the licence conditions, please email or telephone us on 020 8586 9739.

If you are unsure if you require a licence please contact the animal welfare service before exhibiting or displaying any animals to prevent potential legal action being taken or a warning being issued as this may affect you being able to apply for a licence in the future.