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Animal licensing

Animal licensing

Changes to animal licensing

From 1 October 2018 animal licensing is changing and the government is introducing 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 commision 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.)

If you currently hold a licence with the Council, it will run until it's expiry date on 31 December 2018. You will need to apply to renew your licence at least 10 weeks before it is due to expire to give opportunity for officers to carry out an inspection and provide you with a report which will include the star rating allocated to your business.

At present we do not have the required application form as this has not yet been published by DEFRA, but we will send out reminders as soon as we can.

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 (1 October 2018)

A single licence activity


Required with application

Additional licence activity  


Required with application

Enforcement visit   (unannounced visit during term of licence)


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


Appeal fee (unless   re-inspection gives higher rating)


Lost Licence /Duplicate   Licence


Variation that involves   further inspection


Variation of licence (admin   only)



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 prosess your application unless all three parts and completed.

Web Part 1 Introductory Sectiondocxpart1amend (word 49 KB)
Web Part 2 Animal Boarding Dogs And Catsamenddocx (word 49 KB)
Web Part 2 Breeding And Sale Of Dogsamenddocx (word 51 KB)
Web Part 2 Hiring Out Horsesamenddocx (word 52 KB)
Web Part 2 Performing Animalsamenddocx (word 52 KB)
Web Part 2 Pet Vendingdocxamend (word 52 KB)
Web Part 3 Declarationamenddocx (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 new 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 aggreived 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

ATM kennels - Chesterfield

Current list of licensed catteries and kennels

ADK9, Breck Farm, Breck Lane, Chesterfield S43 2NP

Bridle Cottage Cattery, 6, Bridle Road, Woodthorpe, Chesterfield S43 3BY

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

Canal Kennels, Victoria Farm, Victoria Street, Brimington S43 1HY

Chesterfield Cattery, Crow Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0EQ

Dunston Lodge Kennels, The Lodge, Dunston Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9RJ

High Farm Kennels, High Farm, Unstone Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9QS

JJ's Boarding Cattery, Boarding Cattery, Broomhill Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9D

Oasis Kennels, 18 Thompson Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9AR

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

Walkiz @ Rose Cottage Doggy Daycare, Rose Cottage, Crow Lane, Chesterfield S41 7UE

Willow Lodge Farm Kennels, Willow Lodge Farm, Campbell Drive, Barrowhill, Chesterfield S43 2PN

Yew Tree Cat Hotel, 55 Yew Tree Drive, Chesterfield, S40 3NB

Current list of licensed home boarding establishments

Chesterfield Doggy Day Care, 34 Hillcrest Road, Hasland, Chesterfield, S41 0NB

Clarks Pet Couriers, 34 Worksop Road, Mastin Moor, Chesterfield, S43 3DJ

Complete Pets, 95 Langer Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 2JP

D4 (Dinky Doggy Day Dreams), 23 Central Avenue, Chesterfield, S40 2PQ

Divine Dog Care, 31 May Avenue, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, S41 9LW, Tel. 07539 732 137 or 01246 451 080 (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

Gimme A Break, 14 Kirkstone Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8HD

Happy Hounds, 129C, Handley Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield S43 2EP

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

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

Hound Heaven, 36, King Street, Brimington, Chesterfield S43 1HX

House of Waggles, Hipper Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1SW

K9 Home Care, The Crosslands, 41A, Newbold Village, Newbold, Chesterfield S41 8RJ, Tel. 01246 620 716 or 07967 130 510 (3 STAR)

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

Paws Wander Inn, 73 Rhodes Avenue, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 7HQ

Paws Wander Inn 2, Ash House, Helmsley Close, Newbold, S41 8BG

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

Spire Boarding 4 Dogs, 71, Barker Lane, Chesterfield S40 1EQ

Spot On Pet Services, 106 Highfield Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield, S43 2EZ

Staveley Dog Services, 4A, Market Street, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3UT

Current list of licensed pet shops

Apisto Aquatics, 1, Manknell Court, Manknell Road, Chesterfield, S41 8LZ

ADK9Breck Farm, Breck Lane, Chesterfield S43 2NP

Fish Inc Limited, 1, Church Street, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3TL.

Hasland Pet Supplies, Hasland Pet Supplies, 2 Mansfield Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0JA

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

The Pet Stop, 8 Falcon Yard, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1PF

Current list of riding establishments

Brimington Equestrian Centre, Brimington Equestrian Centre, 130 Manor Road, Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 1NN

Poplar Farm Riding Centre, Rectory Road, Duckmanton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5JS





Last updated on 15 December 2018