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Animal licensing

Animal licensing

Changes to animal licensing

The government has introduced a single type of licence covering businesses providing animal - related services.

You will require an 'animal activity 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 dogs (3 litters a year or more)
  • breed, keep or train animals for exhibition (including performance)

There is also a business threshold test which applies if you earn more than £1,000 or earn a commission or fee from one of the specified business activities. (This means for dog breeders you may only have one litter but if you earn more than £1,000 you will need a licence.)

The new guidance notes explain the standards you need to comply with, before a licence is granted or renewed.

See the latest guidance notes here.

New Animal Licensing Fees and Associated Fees

Single licence activity

  • £257
  • required with application

Additional licence activity

  • £67
  • required with application

Enforcement visit (unannounced visit during term of licence)

  • £57
  • required for interim inspection during the life of the current licence

Vets fees

  • a recharge to the licensee of the cost to the authority, to be determined by vet following inspection
  • required following inspection, the licence holder will be invoiced the amount determined by the vet

Re-rate inspection (full cost recovery) / reinstatement after suspension

  • £165

Appeal fee (unless re-inspection gives higher rating)

  • £165

Lost Licence / duplicate licence

  • £10

Variation that involves further inspection

  • £165

Variation of licence (admin only)

  • £26  

Please note that all fees are subject to a percentage increase on a yearly basis.

Apply here

Please ensure you complete Part 1 general information, Part 2 as applicable to your licence activity and Part 3 the declaration.  We will not be able to process your application unless all three parts and completed.

Part 1 Introductory section Word (Word 49 KB)
Part 2 Animal boarding dogs and cats Word (Word 49 KB)
Part 2 Breeding and sale of dogs Word (Word 51 KB)
Part 2 Hiring out horses Word (Word 52 KB)
Part 2 Performing animals Word (Word 52 KB)
Part 2 Pet vending Word (Word 52 KB)
Part 3 Declaration Word (Word 44 KB)

Completed application forms can be sent to

Payment can be made by calling our admin team on 01246 345160 and quoting your debit card details. 


Before being granted a licence, the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the council's animal licensing inspector that the following measures are in place:

  • that they have a specialist knowledge in the species that they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare. This will include the animals' mental and physical health, feeding and knowledge of environmental enrichment. The applicant should be able to demonstrate that they have researched and followed expert guidance in order to carry out their role.
  • that there are comprehensive records that contain all the information required by the conditions that apply to their particular activities.
  • that they have an understanding of the risks involved in caring for the animal, including an extensive assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly. Their documents must be available for the Inspector to examine.
  • that there are training procedures in place to make sure staff know what is expected of them, and clear evidence of good supervision of staff.

This list is not exhaustive.

The premise itself will also be assessed so we can be sure the licence holder can meet the laws relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept.

Based on this information, we will assess the risk rating and determine the period the licence will be granted together with the star rating awarded.

A licence application may be refused if the minimum standards are not met.

Your right of appeal

Any operator who is aggrieved by a decision by a local authority -

(a) to refuse to grant or renew a licence, or

(b) to revoke or vary a licence,

may appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal.

Offences and penalties

(1) It is an offence for a person, without lawful authority or excuse

(a)to breach a licence condition;

(b)to fail to comply with regulation 7 or 19.

(2) A person who commits an offence under paragraph (1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine.

Current list of breeding establishments

Mrs Blakeman - Chesterfield  (3 STAR)

Mrs Eyre - Chesterfield. (4 STAR)

Mrs Fletcher - Chesterfield (4 STAR)

Mrs Clark - Chesterfield (4 STAR)

Mrs Partridge - Chesterfield (2 STAR)

Current list of licensed catteries and kennels

ADK9, Breck Farm, Breck Lane, Chesterfield S43 2NP. (3 STAR)

Bridle Cottage Cattery, 6, Bridle Road, Woodthorpe, Chesterfield S43 3BY. (3 STAR)

Broomhill Farm, cattery and kennels, Broomhill Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9EA (5 STAR)

Dunston Lodge Kennels, The Lodge, Dunston Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9RJ (5 STAR)

High Farm Kennels, High Farm, Unstone Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9QS. (3 STAR)

JJ's Boarding Cattery, Boarding Cattery, Broomhill Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9D (2 STAR)

Twelvetree Cattery & Pet Services, Holmeleigh, 21 Westwood Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 1PA (3 STAR)

Dogland Ltd @ Rose Cottage, Rose Cottage, Crow Lane, Chesterfield S41 7UE(3 STAR)

Willow Lodge Farm Kennels, Willow Lodge Farm, Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield S43 2PN.(5 STAR)

Yew Tree Cat Hotel, 55 Yew Tree Drive, Chesterfield, S40 3NB. (3 STAR)

Current list of licensed home boarding establishments

Chesterfield Doggy Day Care, 34 Hillcrest Road, Hasland, Chesterfield, S41 0NB     (3 STAR)

Complete Pets, 95, Langer Lane, Chesterfield S40 2JP (5 STAR)

Divine Dog Care, 31 May Avenue, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, S41 9LW. (5 STAR)

Doggy Digz, 229 Lockoford Lane, Tapton, Chesterfield S41 0TG (5 STAR)

Doggie Home From Home, 144 Handley Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield, S43 2BQ (4 STAR)

Hall of Hounds, 10, Herriot Drive, Chesterfield (4 STAR)

Happy Hounds Dog Boarding & Walkies Service, 33 Grasmere Close, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8EF (5 STAR)

Holiday Hounds, 175 Lockoford Lane, Tapton, Chesterfield, S41 0TG (5 STAR)

Home from Home, 278 Newbold Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7AJ (5 STAR)

Homeward Hounds, 13 Bond Street, Staveley, Chesterfield, S43 3QR (3 STAR)

Hound Heaven, 36, King Street, Brimington, Chesterfield S43 1HX (1 STAR)

House of Waggles, Hipper Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1SW (5 STAR)

K9 Home Care, The Crosslands, 41A, Newbold Village, Newbold, Chesterfield S41 8RJ. (3 STAR)

Paws Awhile Chesterfield, 40 Holme Park Avenue, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8XB (3 STAR)

Paws Wander Inn, 73 Rhodes Avenue, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. S41 7HQ                  (5 STAR)

Paws Wander Inn II, Ash House, Helmsley Close, Chesterfield, S41 8GB

(3 STAR)

Primo Doggie Home Boarding, 244 Lockoford Lane, Tapton, Chesterfield, S41 0TQ   (5 STAR)

Pooch Pad Home Boarding, 35, Grangewood Road, Chesterfield S40 2TE (4 STAR)

Spot On Pet Services, 106 Highfield Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield, S43 2EZ     (3 STAR)

Current list of licensed pet shops

Apisto Aquatics, 1, Manknell Court, Manknell Road, Chesterfield, S41 8LZ. (5 STAR)

ADK9Breck Farm, Breck Lane, Chesterfield S43 2NP. (3 STAR)

Brook Garden Centre, The Mill, Whittington Way, Chesterfield S41 9AG. (5 STAR)

Pets at Home, Unit 5, Ravenside Retail Park, Park Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1TB (5 STAR)

Current list of riding establishments

Brimington Equestrian Centre, Brimington Equestrian Centre, 130 Manor Road, Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 1NN. (5 STAR)

Keeping or training animals for exhibition

 Brook Garden Centre, The Mill, Whittington Way, Chesterfield, Derbyshire,S41 9AG

 Animal House Zoo, Levens Way, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. S41 8HZ

 Pets at Home, Unit 5, Ravenside Retail Park, Park Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1TB

Last updated on 05 May 2020