The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 will come into force on 1 September 2021.

The Regulations replace previous legislation covering pet sales and dog breeding and introduce new licensing requirements for cat and rabbit breeders, animal welfare establishments (such as animal sanctuaries and rehoming centres) and other pet rehoming activities, subject to operators meeting the licensing threshold for each activity.  

Guidance to support the Regulation is due to be issued shortly.