Details of vets who can carry out inspections for animal licences:

Bath Vet Group - for Pets, Boarding and Dog Breeding Licences only


Phone:  01225 832521

Garston Vets - for All Animal Licences


Phone:  01373 452225 for Pets, Boarding and Dog Breeding

Phone:  01373 451115 for Equine and Dangerous Wild Animals

Hale Veterinary Group - for Equine Licences only


Phone:  01249 653561

Kingston Veterinary Group - for All Animal Licences


Phone:  01935 813288

Midsomer Veterinary Centre - for Pets, Boarding and Dog Breeding Licences only


Phone:  01761 412132

What happens after I have submitted my application for an animal licence?

On receipt of a valid application we will phone you to take your payment by card.  We can then begin the application process.

We must first consult with the following:

  • Avon Fire and Rescue
  • B&NES Environmental Protection
  • B&NES Trading Standards

They will advise us within 14 days whether they have any objections to your licence being granted.  We will advise you if we receive any such objections.

We will also arrange for an Animal Welfare Officer to visit you to inspect the premises.

We will consider the following guidance from  DEFRA when evaluating your application:

We must also be satisfied that the general conditions and relevant specific conditions that will be attached to your licence will be met.  Details of these conditions are available via the following links:


How long will it take to process my application?

Tacit consent applies.  This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the 60 day target completion period.

Can I appeal against a decision?

Please contact Licensing Services in the first instance.

If you are refused a licence you can appeal to Bath Magistrates’ Court.

How do I renew my licence?

Three months before your licence is due to expire we will contact you to advise what you need to do to begin the renewal process.

Relevant Legislation

We have made the information on these web pages as comprehensive as possible.  However, in attempting to simplify the law, certain requirements have been omitted.  Full details of what you must do are in the relevant legislation.  Laws can and do change.  Information was accurate when produced, but may have changed since.  We must advise that only the Courts can give an authoritative opinion on statute law.

Trade Associations

Customer Complaints

If you wish to make a complaint about a licensed premises, or report one that is operating without a licence, please complete the online submission form.

More pages about Animal Licences

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