Performing Animals

Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition

The law governing the licensing of performing animals changed on the 1st October 2018.

A performing animal is an animal that is exhibited or trained for exhibition as a show for the public in a circus, television or film production or a theatre performance, etc.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 (and associated regulations) require that all persons who exhibit or train animals for public performance, must hold a Performing Animal Licence (Animal Activity Licence) with their Local Authority.

If you wish to apply for a Performing Animal Licence please contact the Licensing Team by email at

Licence Fees

The current cost of a performing animal licence, with this Authority, is £120.00.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must not have been previously disqualified under the following and other relevant legislation:

  • Dog Breeding Acts of 1973 & 1999 from keeping a breeding establishment;
  • Pet Animals Act 1951 from keeping a pet shop;
  • Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954 from having the custody of animals;
  • Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 from the boarding of animals;
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006, section 34(2)(3) or (4).

Regulation Summary

Follow the links below to view the relevant legislation:

Animal Welfare Act 2006

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

Application Evaluation Process

To apply for a Performing Animal licence (Animal Activity Licence), applicants must complete and submit an application form.

Once the application is received by us it will be forwarded to an appropriate Council Officer to inspect the premises. The premises, facilities and management will be inspected to ensure they comply with the current performing animal licence conditions.

Applications are then either approved with conditions, or refused.

For the activity of Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition, all licences are for three years.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

We will aim to have your application determined within twelve weeks of receipt of a valid and complete application. However, if we have been unable to determine your application in this time a licence will not be automatically granted due to public safety and animal welfare implications and therefore tacit consent does not apply. This means you must wait for the Council to determine the application before any activity can take place.

Apply online

This facility will be available in the near future.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Licensing Services in the first instance. An applicant whose application is refused can appeal within 28 days to the First-Tier Tribunal.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Licensing Services in the first instance. A licence holder who wishes to appeal against the star rating for their business can appeal to the Council.

Consumer Complaint

If you have any concerns regarding a performing animal licence holder in the East Lindsey District please contact Licensing Services.

Register of Performing Animal Licence Holders

This register is not currently available online but should you wish to see a copy please contact the Licensing Team using the contact details set out below.

The Licensing Team, East Lindsey District Council, Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 8UP


Trade Associations

RCVS - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Pet Care Trust (PCT)