Policy paper

Animal health and welfare framework (2018)

A framework to help local authorities in England carry out controls under animal health and welfare legislation.



This framework provides local authorities with a set of principles to consider when meeting their obligations under animal health and welfare legislation (excluding animal establishment licensing).

The approach is risk based and can be adapted easily to suit the unique priorities of local communities and resources available.

It also recognises the need for effective regulatory controls across the country to protect against animal disease and meet the requirements of trading arrangements.

The framework has been produced in partnership with Defra, APHA, the LGA, ACSTO and the National Animal Health and Welfare Panel.

Published 8 November 2018
Last updated 22 September 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updates made throughout following EU exit.

  2. First published.