Search Legislation

Animal Welfare Act 2006

Enforcement Powers

Section 23: Entry and search under warrant in connection with offences

114.This section provides that a justice of the peace may issue a warrant authorising an inspector or a constable to enter premises to search for evidence of offences relating to cruelty, mutilations, tail docking, administration of poisons, fighting, welfare, carrying out relevant activities without a licence or registration, or breaching a disqualification imposed under section 34 (these offences are listed in subsection (3)).

115.Paragraph 10 of Schedule 2 confers a number of additional powers on a person exercising a power of entry under a warrant under this section. The effect of paragraph 14 of the Schedule is that a warrant authorises a person to use reasonable force in the exercise of those additional powers. Note that paragraph 1 of the Schedule imposes a number of safeguards in relation to warrants under the Act.

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources