Animal licensing

1. Animal licensing information

You'll need a licence if you:

  • sell animals as pets
  • provide for, or arrange for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including boarding in kennels, catteries, home boarding for dogs and day care for dogs)
  • hire out horses whether for riding lessons or not
  • breed 3 or more litters of dogs a year
  • breed, keep or train animals for exhibition including for performance

You can find our more in DEFRA's Procedural Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing 2018 (PDF, 689KB).

Star rating

You’ll be given a star rating, ranging from 1 to 5 which will be listed on the licence.

Safeguards will include an appeal procedure and a way to request a re-inspection when you have made any improvements.

The star rating determines the length of the licence from 1 to 3 years (except keeping/training animals for exhibition which must be granted for 3 years).

General licence information

  • licences can be issued for 1, 2 or 3 years
  • protection is provided for licences in the event of the death of the licence holder
  • licences can be varied, suspended or revoked
  • there is an appeals process for both changes to the licence and the performance rating

You can also find:

For a list of fees, visit our animal licence fees page.

Public register

You can find more information about licensed animal activities in the Stockport area on our Public Register.

Contact us

If you have any questions or want to discuss a new licence application, email us at