Apply for a performing animal licence

You must register with us to exhibit, use or train animals for a performance (such as a circus, television, theatre or film production).

You do not need to register if you train and exhibit animals for police or military use, or for agriculture and sport.

To complete the application you will need:

  • details of the animals
  • details of the performances they will take part in

The licence costs £35. 


Before you apply

To complete the application form you will need:

  • details of the kind and number of animals to be trained
  • the address they will be trained at
  • a description of the performance, the animals taking part and number of them
  • the performance duration and frequency

After you apply

If you have not heard from us within 5 working days of submitting your application please contact us.

Once you have your licence a police officer, or other authorised officer, may:

  • enter the premises where performing animals are kept
  • inspect the premises to make sure the animals are well kept
  • ask you to produce your certificate of registration

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by downloading the application form (45KB) and sending it, with your payment, to:

Public Protection Directorate
Trading Standards
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road

Contact us

If you have any questions about this licence, contact the Trading Standards team.


Phone: 01473 264859