AAL Compliance Pack

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Who is this Course for?

This course and document pack is for anyone who is required to obtain a licence under the The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (AAL) where they use animals for entertainment or exhibition.

The AAL is a complex piece of legislation requiring you to develop and maintain numerous policy documents and to record extensive amounts of information on a daily , weekly, monthly and annual basis.

There are more than 70 ‘licence conditions’ that you must meet in order to obtain and then retain your licence.

We have devised a comprehensive set of 20 key documents that, if used properly, ensure that you will be compliant – at least as far as your paperwork is concerned.

It is a requirement of the Regulations that you can produce your completed and compliant records on demand at the request of a licensing officer.

Failure to comply can be costly and may result in an AAL Licence being withheld, or refused, leading to the end or suspension of your activities.

You can, of course work through the regulations and produce your own paperwork, or you can save yourself weeks of work and use our ready-made AAL Compliance pack

This course provides you with a full set of compliant documents and instructions for their use.    It will save you countless hours of work trying to understand the legislation and guidance,  and then devising your own documentation.

What’s included?

This course is based upon the requirement for commercial businesses to hold a licence in order to be able to exhibit animals (including birds of prey). This requirement comes from the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations which came into force April 2019.

The AAL Licence replaced the old Performing Animals Licence.

On completion of the course you will have acquired the following:

  • an understanding of the AAL Regulations
  • awareness of activities that will enhance compliance
  • a full suite of documents (policy documents and recording documents) specifically designed to help you meet AAL requirements

Who needs to have a licence?

Businesses or individuals that keep and/ or train animals for exhibition (including birds of prey) on a commercial basis (i.e. deriving some income from this activity) with a minimum monetary threshold of £1,000 per annum including charities that charge fees or ask for ‘donations’ while exhibiting animals.

This can be in a variety of contexts for example:

  • Educational purposes such as school visits
  • Entertainment in front of an audience including remote/ electronic media
  • Entertainment in front of an audience for example static displays/ flying displays
  • Weddings
  • Private parties
  • Corporate events
  • Fairs
  • Other (e.g. fund raising)

This list is not exhaustive.

Need more information?   Contact admin@raptorawards.co.uk

Note: Raptor Awards CIC is a not-for-profit body concerned with improving the welfare of birds of prey, however, the contents of this course, and the documents provided are generally applicable to all animals kept for exhibition, and may be easily adapted for your specific needs.


(AAL2) Animal Records

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Note: throughout this lesson we speak specifically about birds of prey (raptors) however, the regulations require the same information to be kept for all animals you keep / train for exhibition.   The downloadable documents and the lesson text are applicable to all animals and may be customised to fit your individual needs. Note II:   This […]

(AAL3) Sick or injured Raptors (animals)

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Sick or injured Raptors (animals) You are required to keep additional information about sick, injured and deceased raptors (animals) listed on your AA Licence that shows what actions you have taken to ensure they have received the correct care and treatment. Key documents in this section: 2.1 Sick or Injured Raptors Policy This document maps […]

(AAL4) Feeding, Cleaning and Accommodation

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Feeding, Cleaning and Accommodation Key documents in this section: 3.1 Feeding Policy This document maps to guidance criteria A6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 9.1 Frequency of updating document – Review every time new raptors/animals are introduced (different feeding requirements) The regulations require you to have a written policy on the food needs of your […]

(AAL5) Emergency Policy and Plan

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

P10: Emergency Policy and Plan This document maps to guidance criteria A10.1, 10.2, 10.4 Frequency of updating document – When circumstances change, or review annually. The regulations require you to have plans in place in case of an emergency that could threaten the welfare of your Raptors/animals. In particular the regulations refer to: How would an […]

(AAL6) Exhibiting Raptors (animals)

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Exhibiting Raptors P5: Exhibiting Raptors Policy This document maps to guidance criteria A5.2, 7,2, 7.5, 8.2, 9.1, B3, B5.2, B5.3, B6, B7.2, B7.4, B7.8 Frequency of updating document – Review annually You are required to have a policy document that deals with your raptors and other animals before, during and after they are ‘exhibited’. The […]

(AAL7) Raptor Training Policy

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Raptor Training Policy This document maps to guidance criteria A7.4, 7.5, B4 Frequency of updating document – when any changes are made The regulations specify that: Training is based on the principles of positive reinforcement (i.e. reward desired behaviour and ignore unwanted behaviour).  This includes your policy for training raptors in preparation for exhibition All […]

(AAL8) Risk Assessment

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Risk Assessment: Policy and Recording This document maps to guidance criteria B7.7 Frequency of updating document – Review annually, or if circumstances change The regulations require you to conduct a ‘risk assessment’ before you exhibit your raptors.  You may already be doing this automatically whenever you attend a venue, however, your inspector will want to […]

(AAL9) Exhibiting off-site

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Exhibiting Raptors Off-site The Regulations impose a number of licence conditions on those who exhibit birds of prey (and other animals) away from the main premises.   You must always take a copy of your actual AAL Licence with you if you exhibit away from your premises, and display this licence during your ‘exhibition’. To ensure […]

(AAL10) Staff training and competence

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Staff training and competence Who does this apply to? All ‘permanent staff’ who play any part (no matter how small) in looking after your raptors (animals), must be competent to carry out their role. There is no definition of ‘permanent’ and many bird of prey centres rely heavily on volunteers / interns. Therefore, ‘permanent staff’ […]

(AAL11) Preparing for Inspection

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Preparing for Inspection: Whether you are applying for your first AAL Licence, or facing an inspection for a licence renewal, it is important that you take the time to prepare properly for the Inspector’s visit. This final module provides key documents to help you plan for your inspection A planned and logical approach: Assuming that […]