Animal Welfare

Environmental Health have responsibilities for aspects of animal welfare matters.  This is primarily as a regulator of commercial enterprises involving animals such as:

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021

New legislation came into force on 1st September 2021 which introduced a revised licensing regime for some animal-related businesses.  The purpose of the Regulations is to provide for the licensing of persons who, in Scotland, carry on activities of:

  • selling animals as pets;
  • rehoming animals as pets;
  • operating animal welfare establishments (including sanctuaries and rehoming centres); and
  • the breeding of dogs, cats and rabbits.

This means that any pet shops, animal breeders and sanctuaries or rehoming centres will now require to be licensed under the new legislation.  Current licences will be permitted to continue to expiry and then must apply in line with the new scheme.

A licensed premises register will be made available for all licences held under the legislation.

For more information and to apply for a licence under this new legislation

Please contact Environmental Health at or Environmental Health, Community Protection, East Dunbartonshire Council, 45 Southbank Drive, Kirkintilloch, G66 1XR.  Tel: 0300 123 4510

For any livestock concerns click here.

If your complaint is about domestic pets this should be reported to the Scottish SPCA, they can be contacted on Tel: 03000 999 999 or visit