If you keep or train performing animals you’ll need to be registered by us.

In your application, you must provide details about the animals and the performances they are to take part in.

Who can apply?

Anyone who trains or keeps animals for performance purposes.

Please return your completed application to cexlicensing@warrington.gov.uk

Fees and charges

The application fee is £88.47.

Final approval costs £176.95, plus Vets fee.

After we receive your application

We’ll process your application as soon as possible. If you have not heard from us within 28 days of us receiving your application you can assume that it has been granted.


You can appeal if:

  • you're refused a licence
  • you're a licence holder and are unhappy with a condition attached to your licence
  • you're unhappy with the decision of a licence review and the withdrawing of a certificate

If you're planning to appeal, please contact us in the first instance. Appeals to the local magistrates' court can then be made within 21 days of our decision.


If a member of the public has a complaint about your licence, we always advise for that person to contact you directly, preferably in the form a letter with proof of delivery. If that’s not worked, we advise the person to contact the Citizens Advice Guide, or the UK European Consumer Centre if they’re outside the UK.

Any person objecting to an application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence may give written notice of their objection to the council, stating the grounds of the objection, within 28 days of the date of the application. Please email licensingcomplaints@warrington.gov.uk

A police officer or one of our officers may make a complaint to the local magistrates' court if they feel that animals have been subject to cruelty.