On the 1 October 2018, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018 No. 486) came into force. These regulations replace a number of pieces of legislation and provide for a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities. One of these activities is the keeping or training of animals for exhibition. 

This includes:

  • animals in a circus, television or film production, or a theatre production
  • animals on display at events or parties

Licences held under the current system for performing animals will remain in force until the 1 April 2019.

How to apply

Apply online

Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition

Other ways to apply

Download the Application Form (pdf 408 kb) and post to: Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.

Risk assessment

Before an application can be approved, we will risk assess your premises and how you look after the animals in your care. To pass this assessment, the applicant must meet the conditions in the Regulations. The Licence will be issued subject to compliance with the Licence conditions, the Guidance Notes (pdf 515 kb) and payment of the Licence fee. The Licence once granted will last for a period of three years

There is an application fee payable upon application however, should we require the expertise of an animal specialist this may incur further costs at your expense before a Licence is issued.

Application requirements

There a number of persons that due to previous legal proceedings may not apply for a Licence. For the full list go to Schedule 8 of the Regulations.

What happens next?

When we receive an application, we will arrange to the visit the related home or premises to complete our assessment. After this assessment we will let the applicant know if the application has been successful.   

If you are unhappy with our decision

If we do not issue a Licence, and the applicant wishes to appeal this decision, contact the First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) to launch an appeal.  

City Council Policy

The established Policy of the City of Newcastle is that performing animals will not be permitted to perform on any premises or property owned or operated by the City Council.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.  If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it using the contact details below.


Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.

Email: tradingstandards@newcastle.gov.uk
Phone (0191) 2116121

Please note: The information on this page has no legal force and is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, which is a matter for the Courts. It is intended to help individuals and businesses in Newcastle, wishing to be licensed under the provisions of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 to understand in general terms, the main features of the legislation. The information is not a substitute for the legislation and you should refer to the text of the Act for a full statement of legal requirements and obligations. Where appropriate, you should seek your own independent legal advice.

Page last updated: 
11 April 2019
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