A person who proposes to allow animals to perform within Derby City Council’s administrative district must obtain a licence from the us, issued under The Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925.
The Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925 requires any person who exhibits or trains any performing (vertebrate) animal to be registered with a local authority. This provision, applies to circuses and also to other situations, such as filmmaking and plays, which involve animal performances.
Under the legislation, 'exhibit' is defined as 'exhibit at any entertainment to which the public are admitted, whether on payment of money or otherwise' and to 'train' means 'for the purpose of any such exhibition'.
The Act does not apply to the training of animals for legitimate military, police, agricultural or sporting purposes or the exhibition of those animals in demonstrations or similar events.
Applicants must not have been previously convicted under any of the following Acts:
Complete the Performing Animals Application new and renewal formand submit it to the Licensing Team with the relevant fee. See our Licensing current fees and How to pay for General Licences
When deciding whether to grant a licence we will consider whether:
An officer from the Licensing Team will visit the premises where the animals are kept, to ensure the keeper has taken, or will take the appropriate measures in respects of the issues listed above.
In addition a veterinary inspection may be requested by the officer. Any costs involved will be in addition to the licence application fee and must be paid by the organiser prior to any performance taking place.
See our Licensing current fees . A licence is valid indefinitely. The licence holder must notify us of any changes to the animals used for performing. There is no charge for this.
The Council will aim to process your application and issue a licence within 28 days. Licences will not be automatically be granted due to the animal welfare and public safety implications
Travelling circus animal operators must apply for a licence through the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Offences and penalties under the legislation apply to any person:
From the 6 April 2007 the Animal Welfare Act 2006 came into effect. It makes owners and keepers responsible for the welfare needs of their animals are met.
These responsibilities include the following criteria:
We may authorise competent persons to enter premises specified in an application for a licence, at all reasonable times. They will produce, if required , their authority. The authorised officers may inspect the premises and any animal or animals in them.
See guidance notes for Who is responsible for what in Animal Welfare.
We have an Animal Welfare Charter.
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