Performing Animals

Who To Contact

Environmental Health and Consumer Protection Service
Yorkon Building
Archway Road
L36 9FB

Telephone: 0151 443 4712

Fax Number: 0151 443 5438

The Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925 requires the person who exhibits or trains any performing animal to be registered with a local authority.

It is an offence to train or exhibit a performing animal unless you are registered with the local Council, in accordance with the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925.

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.


The registration fee for 2019 to 2020 is £252

How to apply

Download, complete and return the application form enclosing the correct fee.

Animal licensing changes

As you may be aware the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018 comes into force on the 1st October. Guidance for each activity has recently been released:

The Council is currently in the process of reviewing the new legislation and guidance. As a result licence conditions will be changed and our fees and procedures will also need to be adjusted. If you wish to apply for a licence please contact environmental health.  If you already have an animal license with Knowsley Council, we will contact you to let you know what the next steps are. In the meantime, you should review the above guidance to see how the changes might impact on your business.