Keeping or training animals for exhibition

To run a business keeping or training animals for exhibition for educational or entertainment purposes you need a licence from the local authority. This includes:

  • mobile animal exhibits that visit schools, weddings, private parties, fairs and other events where an audience is present
  • pony parties where the ponies are not ridden (NB if ponies are to be ridden a licence for the hiring out of horses licence is required)
  • businesses keeping animals for exhibition via electronic media eg animals used in TV or films
  • exhibiting domestic animals in a circus
  • a business based outside of England bringing in an animal for exhibition

There are a number of factors to take into account in determining whether the business element of training or exhibiting animals is met.  Please refer to the Guidance notes (PDF 1MB) for keeping or training of animals for exhibition  to see whether you require a licence.

Unlike other licensable activities, the licence for keeping or training of animals for exhibition lasts for 3 years from the date it is granted.  

How to apply

You can download the applicant profile, application form and the declaration form to apply for keeping or training animals for exhibition.

Return completed forms to:

Animal Health and Welfare Team
Regulatory Services and Health
Municipal Buildings
Crewe
CW1 2BJ

Or via email to environmentalprotection@cheshireeast.gov.uk (you will need to make a payment via the call centre if you apply via email).

Fees

A fee is payable upon application. View details of fees for keeping and or training of animals for exhibition 

Right of appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence will be able to appeal the process.

Other useful organisations

Society for All Artists (SAA)