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The council issues licences for business premises where animals are going to be kept or cared for. The purpose of the licences and inspections is to ensure that:

  • accommodation is suitable in terms of size, construction, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness;
  • animals are adequately supplied with suitable food, drink, and bedding material;
  • animals are adequately exercised;
  • all reasonable precautions are taken to prevent and control the spread among animals of infectious or contagious diseases;
  • appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the animals in case of fire or other emergency.

Animal Health and Welfare

We provide advice and guidance for animal health and welfare and will investigate any complaints about commercial businesses within the Dudley borough.

Charter for the Welfare of Animals

The council has responsibility relating to the welfare of all captive, domestic animals and wild animals. This is to ensure that all animals health and well being standards are being met for a better quality of life, and the local community is being educated to meet these standards. 

Right of Appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Courts who may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.

What Animal Licenses do you issue?

In order to protect animal welfare, the following types or premises dealing with live animals needs to be licensed by us:

Complaints and advice

We will investigate complaints of poor animal welfare or conditions in a commercial business within the Borough.

Contact us if you have a general concern about the welfare of an animal, or want to complain about a business in Dudley Borough.

Alternatively you can report the matter directly to the RSPCA.

Inspection of animal businesses

We carry out inspections to ensure that premises are suitable and that the licence conditions are met. Businesses will be inspected as a routine part of the licensing process, this inspection may be undertaken with a vet should the officers decide that it is necessary.