Animal rehoming activities

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has introduced some changes to the licensing process for some licenses, which mainly relate to the extension of timescales.

Find out more about the changes to alcohol and other licenses here

Who requires a licence?

Any person or organisation that supplies animals as pets to persons in Scotland that have been sourced for that purpose from either within or outwith Scotland must, subject to a few exceptions, be licenced. An example would be a person or organisation that sources street or rescue dogs from Eastern Europe for the purposes of rehoming them with persons in Scotland. Any such person or organisation engaging in animal rehoming activities and supplying 5 or more animals as pets in any 12 month period must be licensed, unless the animal being supplied is a fish or was bred by the person supplying the animal.

Legislation

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021, regulation 3 and Schedule 1, Part 2 of the regulations.

Guidance

This guidance is issued by the Scottish ministers to provide details of the requirements of the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021, in relation to animal rehoming activities in Scotland.

General conditions for animal activities licences

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021

Specific conditions for this licence

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 - engaging in animal rehoming activities

Fees

  • New licence - £197.93
  • Variation of licence - £152.25
  • Charitable discount – 50% (applies to registered Scottish Charities and SCIOs)
  • Licensing enforcement visit No. 1 - £175.09
  • Subsequent enforcement visits: charged at hourly rate of £30.45 in half-hourly increments
  • Veterinary inspection fees are re-charged in addition to the above

How to pay

Payment can be made by cheque (made payable to Argyll and Bute Council) submitted with your application to:

Environmental and Animal Health
Argyll and Bute Council
Kilmory
LOCHGILPHEAD
PA31 8RT

If you would prefer to pay by telephone or BACs please email  envhealth@argyll-bute.gov.uk with your contact details and someone will contact you to arrange payment.

How to apply

You can download an application form below, and either return it by post to:

Environmental and Animal Health
Argyll and Bute Council
Kilmory
LOCHGILPHEAD
PA31 8RT

or by email to envhealth@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Animal rehoming activies application form (Microsoft Word)

Animal rehoming activities application form (PDF)

If you have any questions, please contact Environmental Health by email envhealth@argyll-bute.gov.uk or telephone 01546 605519.