Independent greyhound racing track licence

Independent greyhound tracks are those which are not members of the industry body, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB).

An applicant must not be disqualified from operating an independent greyhound track and must not be a member of the GBGB.

Before granting a Licence, the local authority must be satisfied that the following principle conditions are met:-

  • Requires the attendance of a veterinary surgeon at every race and trial and the inspection of every greyhound before racing or trialling by the veterinary surgeon in order to assess whether it is fit to run.
  • Requires the provision of adequate facilities for the veterinary surgeon.
  • Require provisions of kennels which meet the requirements specified, for at least 20% of the greyhounds which are present at track at any one time for the purpose of taking¬† part in a race or trial.
  • Requires a greyhound to be identified by both a microchip and, if born after the date the Regulations come into force, a tattoo, each bearing a unique number which must be registered with a database which complies with the provisions set out in Part 2 of the Schedule.
  • Requires an operator to keep records for 10 years of the current owner and trainer of any greyhound racing or trialling at the track.
  • Requires an operator to keep records for 10 years of details of injuries sustained by greyhounds during a race, trial or sales trial.¬†

Further Information can be obtained from Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) who have issued guidance notes on Independent Greyhound Track Operators

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 2, 2023

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