Performing Animals Registration - Applying for a Licence

Performing Animals Registration - Applying for a Licence
Licence Summary

If you exhibit, use or train performing animals, in England, Wales or Scotland, you must be registered with your local authority.


Applications must contain details about the animals and the performances they are to take part in.


You must comply with any terms or conditions attached to a certificate. A police officer or officer of the local authority may make a complaint to the local magistrates' court if they feel that animals have been subject to cruelty.

Information and guidance on the law

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

How to apply

If you wish to apply to register for Performing Animals or to change the details of an existing registration, download a copy of the performing animals application for registration form here.


No standard licence conditions exist, as any conditions will be based on veterinary advice and be specific to the circumstances of each application.

Application fees

Download a copy of the application fees

The application process

The process of applying for a licence is relatively straightforward. Once you have completed the application form, we will arrange to visit you with a vet so that the standards of your premises can be assessed. If there are any areas where improvement is needed, we will provide you with the information you need to comply with the licensing conditions.


Once your premises are licensed, we will inspect as appropriate and we may also carry out interim visits. As part of the licence process, you will need to update us with any changes to your business.


Please note that some details of your premises may be included on our web-site, and your details may also be shared with other statutory bodies as appropriate.

Does Tacit Approval apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period of 28 days from the submission of your completed application.

Appeals and Complaints

If your application is refused, or if you do not accept any of the licence conditions imposed as part of the approval, you should contact the officer dealing with your licence in the first instance. We will always inform you of the appeal procedures when refusing a licence, or on request. We will also inform you of our complaints procedure, should you feel that your application has been improperly processed. Further information on making a complaint can be found here.

Please Note - Torfaen County Borough Council (The Council) is under a duty to protect the public funds which it administers and to this end may use the information you provide within Torfaen County Borough Council for the prevention and detection of fraud. The Council may also share this information with other bodies administering or in receipt of public funds solely for these purposes. For further information, visit the National Fraud Initiative area of the website.

Last Modified: 04/03/2022
For more information contact:


Tel: 01633 647286


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