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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council

Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition

If you keep or train animals for exhibition in the course of a business for educational or entertainment purposes:

- to any audience attending in person, or
- by the recording of visual images of them by any form of technology that enables the display of such images

you will require an 'Animals Activity Licence' under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

After applying for a licence an inspection will be completed by a Council Officer and, if necessary, a veterinary surgeon. If required, you will need to cover the cost of the veterinary inspection.

If granted, your licence will last for a period of three years.

Please find the relevant licence conditions and guidance for this activity below:

Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition [pdf] 616KB

To apply for a licence, please follow the link below:

Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition Application [pdf] 140KB

Completed application forms can be returned to the Council either via post or email. In order for your application to be processed further, you must pay the appropriate fee as stated on our 'Application Forms & Fees' webpage.

For further information, please call 01268 882200 or email

Keeping or Training of Animals for Exhibition Register of Licensed Premises
Kranky Kritters - Benfleet, Essex
RC Exotics - Canvey Island, Essex
The Salvation Army - Hadleigh Farm, Hadleigh, Essex