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Exhibiting Animals

Anyone keeping or training animals for exhibition in the course of a business for educational or entertainment purposes requires a licence.

Before submitting an application, please ensure that you and your establishment comply with the conditions. These can be found in The Animal Welfare Regulations (2018) in the link below.

Application requirements

To apply for a licence to keep or train animals for exhibition, please submit the following to Licensing:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Proof of Public Liability Insurance
  • Proof of Employers Liability Insurance (if applicable)
  • Qualification showing you, or a member of staff, have completed Ofqual Level 2 or above qualification in a relevant field. Only in exceptional circumstances will proof of relevant experience be accepted instead of a qualification
  • Written procedures
  • Application fee payment. This can be made by cheque to Blaby District Council, or is payable over the phone by credit/debit card. Our table of fares can be found below.

Once we have received a complete and valid application, you will be contacted to arrange an inspection of the premises. 

If the inspection of the premises is satisfactory you will be required to pay the licence grant fee, and the licence will then be issued. If the inspection is unsatisfactory, you will be contacted in writing and advised that the licence has been refused.

If you would like to discuss the application process, please contact Licensing.

Exhibiting Animals in the District

See below for a list of animal exhibitors currently licensed by Blaby District Council.

Current Licence Holders
Licence Holder                  Organisation Location
S Kelsey Animal Interaction Leicester Forest East
L Richardson ThePartyAnimals Ltd Desford
J Clark Paradise Found Educational Farm Park Sapcote


Application Price
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 £105 application fee per activity
+ veterinary inspection costs where necessary
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 £115 grant fee per licence
Minor Variation of Licence £20 minor variation fee
Major Variation of Licence £55 major variation fee
Dangerous Wild Animal Licence £235 + veterinary inspection costs
Zoo Licence £1020 + veterinary inspection costs
Last updated 19 February 2024
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