How licensing fees work

Find the type of animal business licence you need and check how much it will cost.

Part A covers the cost of deciding the licence application. This includes administration and inspection costs.

Part B includes enforcement costs and training. It also includes the cost of a compliance visit during the licence period. But only where we do the compliance visit.

We collect the total fee when you apply.

We'll refund part B if we refuse your application. We'll also refund part B if you withdraw you application.

Pet vending

  • £500

Domestic dog breeding

  • Part A: £145
  • Part B: £130
  • Total: £270

New licences are only granted for one year.

If you already have a licence, the duration can be 1, 2 or 3 years. This will depend on the risk score and star rating we gave you at your first inspection.

Commercial dog breeding

  • Part A: £180
  • Part B: £135
  • Total: £315

All new licences are only granted for one year.

If you already have a licence, the duration can be 1, 2 or 3 years. 

Domestic dog boarding

  • Part A: £130
  • Part B: £120
  • Total: £250

The duration of the licence can be 1, 2 or 3 years. 

Commercial dog boarding 

  • Part A: £180
  • Part B: £135
  • Total: £315

Cat boarding

  • Part A: £135
  • Part B: £125
  • Total: £260

The duration of the licence can be 1, 2 or 3 years. 

Dog day care

  • Part A: £130
  • Part B: £130
  • Total: £260

The duration of the licence can be 1, 2 or 3 years. 

Exhibition of animals

  • Part A: £180
  • Part B: £135
  • Total: £315

This is for a 3 year licence with no further inspections during the licence period.

Hiring horses

  • Part A: £180
  • Part B: £135
  • Total: £315

These fees are based on an existing licence holder. It requires 2 veterinary inspections during the licence period.

Vet inspections

Before we give you a licence, we choose a veterinary practitioner with DEFRA to inspect your premises.

We also inspect your premises when your licence is up for renewal. You'll be responsible for the veterinary charges.

For most licences, we do at least one unannounced inspection during a licence period.

Other licence fees

It costs £105 to change your licence.

If you need us to visit your site (to appeal a licence decision, for example) the cost may vary. We'll decide the cost on a case by case basis. 

The latest legislation introduces appeals, variations and revocations. It also allows you to request some visits, like for a variation, re-score, or appeal.

If we have to visit because you're not meeting the requirements of your licence, we'll charge you for the visit.

How we decide the licence duration

Dangerous wild animals and zoo licences are not included in the new legislation. This means the fees for these have not changed.

How long we grant your licence for depends on your star rating and risk score.

We decide these scores based on your ability to show that you meet the conditions of your licence. It's also based on you having environmental (animal accommodation) and management controls in place.