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Scotland launches licensing of activities involving animals consultation Published Date: 07/07/2023

The Scottish Government are seeking views on proposals to extend licensing to currently unlicensed animal-related services and update the licensing framework for other currently licensed animal-related services.

The consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce new licensing regulations in Scotland covering the following activities when carried on in the course of a business:

  • dog walking,
  • dog grooming,
  • providing livery services,
  • offering canine fertility services.

The consultation also seeks views on proposals to licence greyhound racing in Scotland, and replace existing legislation covering animal boarding (including day care) and riding establishments, replacing it with updated
licensing requirements. The legislation we propose to replace is as follows:

  • Riding Establishments Act 1964,
    Riding Establishments Act 1970,
    Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

It is anticipated that any new licensing requirements would be introduced through the same framework as used in the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

The consultation closes on 26 September 2023

IoL Response

The IoL will be responding to the consultation. If you would like to contribute to the IoL response, please contact the team via email to


IoL Consultation Panels

We are working with small groups of IoL members on all relevant consultations.  These consultation panels allow us to have discussions on consultation proposals and to develop an IoL response hearing from a sample of practitioners.

In some cases, we will still conduct member surveys, but if anyone wants to feed into the IoL response on any open consultation, please contact Sue Nelson via