You must be registered with us if you want to exhibit, use or train performing animals. This includes the static display of animals.

Applicants should ensure that they have taken all necessary steps to protect the welfare of the animal and consider matters such as the number and length of performances undertaken in a given period.

You will need to demonstrate to us:

  • That the animals are obtained from reputable sources to minimise the risk of disease
  • That there are measures in place to protect the animals in the event of an emergency such as fire
  • That regular health and safety checks are carried out

View the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925 Opens in a new window for details of the restrictions in place for any potential applicant.

We have a policy that no circuses involving performing animals shall be allowed on any of our land.


You can apply for a new licence or a renewal by completing an application form and sending it us along with the correct fee.

  Register Exhibition or Training of Performing Animals Opens in a new window 


You must tell us if you make a change to the types or numbers of animals you use in public performances.

  Apply to change a performing animals registration Opens in a new window


The fee for the registration is £116 plus the cost of vets fees if required.