If your premises are in a Protection or Surveillance Zone a movement licence will be required for certain activities. Movement licences can be obtained from the APHA by using the online Avian Influenza Licensing service. To apply online you will need to register and create sign in details. There will be two steps for verification. Once registered, applying online means you can track the status of your application and receive your licence electronically via the new system.
Please note that the APHA is withdrawing the email application service at 5pm on 28 February 2022. From Tuesday 1 March 2022, if you are in England, Scotland or Wales, all applications for an avian influenza licence will need to be made via the online service.
The APHA can also be contacted by telephone on 03000 200 301 and choosing option 2.
Read more from us on our page on Avian influenza movement licensing moves online.
General licences allow a movement or activity that would otherwise be prohibited in England and Wales. You need to check that you meet and comply with the conditions of the general licence. If you do so, you do not need to apply - you can rely on the general licence as providing authority for the movement or activity.
- Movement of samples for salmonella testing from premises in a Protection or Surveillance Zone.
- Movement of poultry carcases for disposal from premises in a Protection Zone in England, Wales or Scotland.
- Movement of table eggs into, within or out of a Protection or within or out of a Surveillance Zone in England or Scotland. The general licence for Wales can be found here. These general licences allow eggs to be packed on reusable trays in England, Wales and Scotland subject to the cleansing and disinfection requirements laid out in the licence conditions.
- Movement of mammals from or to premises in the Protection or Surveillance Zone in England or Wales where poultry and other captive birds are kept (please note that any mammals moved under this licence must have no access to and been kept separate from poultry and any other birds for a minimum of 21 days).
- Movement of poultry by-products and hatching eggs for disposal from premises in a Protection or Surveillance Zone.
- The Spreading on Premises or Movement of used Poultry Litter, Poultry Manure and Poultry Slurry Originating from Premises in a Protection Zone or a Surveillance Zone.
Information on all of the general licences available can be found at the Gov.uk website: Avian influenza: Bird flu cases and disease control zones in England - licences.
Individual movement licences
Unless covered by a general licence, poultry keepers will need to apply to the APHA for individual movement licences. Please ensure you give the APHA as much notice as possible as it can take time to issue licences. The APHA is likely to receive high volumes of licence requests so contingency plans should be arranged in case there is any delay in licensing.
The following movements of poultry or poultry products will need to be licensed by a veterinary inspector:
- Poultry from premises in the zone for immediate slaughter at a designated slaughterhouse
- Poultry meat
- Poultry to a designated slaughterhouse in the zone from premises outside the zone
- Day-old chicks hatched from eggs produced in the zone or from eggs which came into contact with such eggs
- Day-old chicks hatched from eggs originating outside the protection zone
- Ready-to-lay poultry to premises or part of premises where no poultry are kept
- Hatching eggs from the zone to a designated hatchery or premises
- Hatching eggs from outside the zone to a designated hatchery or premises within the zone (the hatchery must be operated in such a way that eggs from outside the zone do not come into contact with eggs or day-old chicks from within the zone)
- Eggs to a designated egg packing centre (they must be packed in disposable packaging)
- Eggs to an egg processing plant
- Eggs for disposal
- Carcasses for disposal or diagnosis
Members should check with their processor or egg packer whether they are designated to receive live birds, meat, or eggs from farms within a Protection or Surveillance Zone, and have their designation details to hand when applying for movement licences.
Unless your holding is under individual site-specific restrictions, feed can be brought onto the premises without a licence as long as the requirements for cleansing and disinfection within your Zone are met.
If you have any licensing queries, or aren’t sure whether or not you need a licence, contact the APHA with your query by telephone on 03000 200 301 (choose option 2) or by emailing [email protected].
It is a legal requirement to abide by the biosecurity measures defined in the disease control zone declaration and the nationwide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. More information on biosecurity is available on Defra’s Avian Influenza webpage.
Please note that this is an evolving situation and these restrictions are subject to change at the discretion of the Secretary of State; it is important to ensure that you check the position on a regular basis to ensure that you are aware of the most up to date information available on Gov.uk.
The information on this page is based on the information available on the Gov.uk website at the time of writing and cannot take account of any subsequent developments. The NFU can take no responsibility for any consequences arising from individual circumstances which cannot be fully accounted for in this article.
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