We get a lot of enquiries regarding keeping 'pet' pigs in the gardens of residential properties. The information below has been provided to help answer any queries you may have but if you have any further queries you can contact us and we will do our best to assist you.
Before you move pigs onto your land, you will need a county parish holding (CPH) number. This is an identification number for the land and buildings where your pig or pigs will be kept. To apply for a CPH number, contact the Rural Payments Agency on 0345 603 7777. This applies to anyone keeping pigs.
A licence is only required from your District Council if the pig is classed as a dangerous wild animal under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976:
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have produced guides for pig keepers and owners of pet pigs including micro-pigs:
It is important to note that keepers must not feed kitchen waste or food prepared in a kitchen to any farmed animal. More information about this is given in Defra's guide for pig keepers.
There are rules about the movements of pigs you must follow - these help to prevent the spread or outbreak of animal diseases. You need a licence and a particular form whenever pigs are moved from one place to another, including bringing them to your land.
If you are considering keeping a pig or pigs at your property, please ensure that you are able to make suitable provisions. An animal’s welfare must be of primary concern and the accommodation, feed, water and exercise space must be appropriate. Overcrowding and causing stress would be of concern and Trading Standards may investigate should they feel necessary.