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Performing animals registration

If you exhibit, use or train performing animals, in England, Wales or Scotland, you must be registered with South Ayrshire Council. Applications must contain details about the animals and the performances they are to take part in. Applications may be subject to a fee.

How to apply

The application must be lodged with Environmental Health & Trading Standards, 5-9 River Terrace, Ayr, KA8 0BJ by post or by emailing your completed application to

Debit/Credit Card payments can be made by calling 0300 123 0900 and asking for Environmental Health. Office hours are Monday - Thursday 8.45am til 4.45pm and Friday 8.45am til 4pm. Please note we can no longer accept cheques

Applications will not be processed until Environmental Health are in receipt of the fee.

What happens next?

Before considering an application South Ayrshire Council must have received all the required supporting documentation before the application is considered lodged. It is in the public interest that the South Ayrshire Council must process your application before it can be granted. We would expect to process your application within 15 working days. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Will Tacit Consent apply?

In the interests of animal welfare, there is no automatic granting of a licence should we fail to respond to you. Tacit Consent does not apply.

What if I have been refused approval?

Please call 0300 123 0900 and ask for Environmental Health or email in the first instance.