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Animal Licensing Policy Consultation

This will be the first Animal Licensing Policy adopted by the Council. As a result, we want to hear any comments or feedback you may have. Once adopted, the policy will, as standard, be reviewed every three years.

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What does the policy cover?

This policy sets out how we exercise our functions in relation to animal related licensing matters, under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

This includes dealing with applications for new licences and issues relating to licensed premises to include, but not limited to:

  • Animal Boarding Establishments for dogs and cats
  • Dog breeding
  • Pet Shops
  • Riding Establishments
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition
  • Dangerous wild animals
  • Zoos

View the Draft Policy

The draft policy can be viewed by clicking on the link below or via the downloads section on this page

Draft Policy (PDF) [333KB]

How can I comment on the draft policy?

The closing date for comments is 28 February 2023

All comments must be made in writing and either sent via email to

Or by post to:

Licensing Team, Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QG

All responses will be considered prior to the adoption of the final Policy

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