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Advice on the Equine Identification (Wales) Regulations 2019

On 12 February 2019 the Equine Identification Regulations came into force in Wales. The new regulations and responsibilities of horse owners across Wales, and the actions Shared Regulatory Services will be taking to ensure compliance across Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are as follows:

1. Transfer of ownership of equines – The existing owner must provide the equine passport at the point of transfer of ownership.  Horse-grazing-in-fieldBefore the end of the period of 30 days after the transfer of ownership, the new owner must inform the passport issuing authority of the transfer and the details.

2. Passport and Microchip - By 31 December   must have applied for an equine passport and have a microchip implanted.

3. A Local Authority authorised inspector may serve a Notice for an offence, or a fixed–penalty Notice.  They may also recover all costs associated with the case.4. It is a criminal offence not to comply with any Notices served.  Any person found guilty of an offence shall be liable, on summary conviction to a fine.

In light of the new regulations Local Authority officers will be visiting premises, events etc. and assessing compliance across the service areas.If you have any queries relating to these regulations please contact 0300 123 6696 or at