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Other licences

Auction premises licence

Any premises used for public auctions must be registered under the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1984, unless the auction is a one day charity event. In this case, proof of charity status will be required.

Please contact the us for further information.

Boarding animals licence

The keeping and running of animal boarding establishments (catteries and kennels) is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

Licensing of animal boarding establishments

Application for a licence must be made to the licensing service and a licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts:

  • The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963
  • The Pet Animals Act 1951
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934

The current application fee is £235 which must be paid at the time of making an application.

Copies of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 and other legislation mentioned in this information sheet can be purchased from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

A copy of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 can be inspected at the Council offices where you may also obtain a copy of our standard licensing conditions, an application form and further help or advice.

Dog breeding licence

Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973. No person may keep a breeding establishment without first obtaining a licence from the Licensing Service.

There is an application fee of £235 which must be paid at the time of application is made.

Further information

Copies of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and other legislation mentioned above can be purchased from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

A copy of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 can be viewed at the Council offices where you may also obtain a copy of the standard licence conditions, an application form and further help and advice.

Exotic, dangerous or wild animals licence

Applications for a licence must be made to the licensing service. A licence may be issued providing the applicant is not disqualified or has been convicted under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

An application fee of £235.00 is payable at the time of application is made.

Further information

Copies of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and other legislation mentioned in this information sheet can be purchased from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

A copy of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 can be inspected at the Council offices where you may also obtain an application form and further help or advice.

Game dealers licence

A licence is required to take or kill game and to deal in game under Section 18 of the Game Act 1831.

Copies of the Game Act 1831 and Game Licences Act 1860 can be purchased from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

A copy of the legislation can be viewed at the Council offices where you can also obtain an application form and a copy of our standard conditions.

House to house collections licence

A licence is required by anyone collecting money or selling articles from door to door, shop to shop, pub to pub, etc. for charitable purposes and it is an offence to hold a collection without one.

In the Metropolitan Police district licences are issued by:

Charities
TP HQ Room 443
Victoria Embankment
Westminster
London SW1A 2JL

Tel: 020 7321 7129

Performance or stage licences for school age children

By law, a child who is not over compulsory school age who is due to participate in TV or film work, a theatrical production, modelling work or a sporting event, may require to be licensed. These licences are issued by Hackney Learning Trust. Find out more and apply.

Petroleum licensing

The petroleum licensing authority is responsible for ensuring safety at sites where petrol is delivered, stored and dispensed. A licence will allow you to keep an approved quantity of petroleum. It is an offence to:

  • keep an amount in excess of the quantity approved by the licence
  • fail to comply with any of the licence conditions, or
  • store licensable quantities without a licence

The local petroleum licensing authority is the London Fire Brigade.

Riding establishment licence

Licences to keep a riding establishment are issued under the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970.

A riding establishment is ‘the carrying on of a business of keeping horses to let them out for hire for riding or riding instruction’.

Licences are renewable annually. The council will arrange for the inspection of horses and premises by a veterinary surgeon to ensure the welfare of the animals and that the accommodation is suitable. The licence will be issued subject to compliance with licence conditions and payment of the licence fee.

Conditions required by the Act

In addition the following conditions are required by the Act, whether specified in the licence or not:

  • a horse found on inspection of the premises by an authorised officer to be in need of veterinary attention shall not be returned to work until the holder of the licence has obtained at his own expense, and has lodged with the local authority, a veterinary certificate that the horse is fit for work
  • no horse will be let out on hire for riding or used for providing instruction in riding without supervision by a responsible person of the age of 16 years or over unless (in the case of a horse let out for hire for riding) the holder of the licence is satisfied that the hirer of the horse is competent to ride without supervision
  • the carrying on of the business of a riding establishment shall at no time be left in the charge of any person under 16 years of age
  • the licence holder shall hold a current insurance policy which insures him against liability for any injury sustained by those who hire a horse from him for riding and those who use a horse in the course of receiving from him, in return for payment, instruction in riding and arising out of the hire or use of a horse as aforesaid and which also insures such persons in respect of any liability which may be incurred by them in respect of injury to any person caused by, or arising out of, the hire or use of a horse as aforesaid
  • a register shall be kept by the licence holder of all horses in his possession aged 3 years and under and usually kept on the premises, which shall be available for inspection by an authorised officer at all reasonable times. (Sec. 1(4a))

Guidance

Guidance on conditions for riding establishment licences is issued by the British Veterinary Association.

Copies of the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970 can be purchased from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

A copy of the legislation can be viewed at the Council offices where you can also obtain an application form and a copy of our standard conditions.

Page updated on: 8 July 2019

Licensing Service

Address

Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY

Telephone

Opening times

  • Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm (reception opening hours) Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm (phone calls)