Movement of animals: licensing and boarding

In the aftermath of the Foot and Mouth outbreak, a rigorous regime of licensing has been introduced to control the movement of a range of animals.

The most common animals whose movements have to be licensed are sheep, pigs and cows.

The conditions which apply to these movements vary according to the type of animal, the destination and the type of trip. In addition, these conditions are constantly being altered – so it is important that you make yourself aware of the latest conditions when applying for an animal movement licence.

The licences can be obtained from your local Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) office.  All the information regarding the conditions are available from DEFRA's website.

Under certain conditions, all you need to do is to complete the licence and forward copies to the council's health and safety department, at the address below.

For further information

Environmental Health Commercial Team – Health and Safety

Mulberry Place (AH)
PO Box 55739
5 Clove Crescent
E14 1BY

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday

Tel: 020 7364 5008
Fax: 020 7364 6901

Email: healthandsafety@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Boarding animals

Anyone who carries on the business of providing accommodation for other people's cats and dogs is required to have a licence. The aim of the licensing requirements is to achieve certain standards in the management of the accommodation and to ensure precautions against disease and fire.

The keeping and running of animal establishments (catteries and kennels) is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. No person may keep a boarding establishment for animals without first obtaining a licence from their local authority.  

A copy of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 can be obtained from the Office of Public Sector Information, or a copy can be inspected at the council offices where you may also obtain details of the fee, an application form and further help or advice.

You can also download a copy of the application form (pdf 544k) or apply online through the Businesslink website.

You will be contacted in writing on receipt of the application form and a site visit arranged.

For further information

Environmental Health Commercial Team – Health and Safety

Mulberry Place (AH)
PO Box 55739
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 1BY

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Tel: 020 7364 5008
Fax: 020 7364 6901

Email: healthandsafety@towerhamlets.gov.uk