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Anyone carrying on the following licensable activities will require a licence:
Any person or business operating any of the above activities (1 to 5 above) will need to apply for a licence, and will need to comply with the legislation and the conditions set by the legislation. The Council are required to carry out an inspection of all premises where licensable activities take place before an application can be determined.
A ratings system has also been introduced where you will be given a rating dependant on a specified criteria following your inspection.
Defra have published guidance documents for each licensable activity to assist businesses in meeting the new requirements set out under those Regulations.
To apply for any of the above listed activities please complete our online application form and pay the relevant Animal Welfare licence fee.
The Application fee Part A is payment to cover the Councils costs in determining your application. This fee is strictly non-refundable even if your are refused a licence or you withdraw your application. Following your Inspection you will be asked to pay the Part B fee (on-going enforcement costs) before your Licence is granted.
Ensure that you have, or do not need, planning permission for your activity. If you are required to undertake construction work to house your animals then it is likely that you will need planning permission.
Most domestic properties have planning permission for residential purposes ie. you have a home which is intended for people to live in. Having a dog is regarded as incidental to your use of the home. However, if you have so many dogs that it is regarded that the nature of your home has changed to being a home for dogs rather than people, then the Council may require you to apply for planning permission for change of use.
There is no statutory maximum number of dogs that you may have, as it will depend on the size of your home and the size of the dogs, but the Planning Department use 6 dogs as their ‘rule of thumb’ maximum. However, this should not be regarded as the most you may have, as in your particular circumstances, a smaller number may be appropriate. If you apply for change of use, there is no guarantee that it will be granted.
Failure to have the correct planning permissions in place at the time of application is likely to lead to your application being refused on the grounds that the Inspector cannot have confidence that you are able to comply with the licence conditions in the future.
You should contact the Planning Department on 01772 906912 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
All premises will be inspected before the licence is granted. The inspector will be checking the applicant has the following:
The premises will also be assessed so we can be sure the licence holder can meet the new laws relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept.
Based on the information, we will assess the risk rating and award stars. Low-risk premises can attain up to five stars, and premises that have been assessed as higher risk can be awarded up to four stars. If the applicant is not satisfied with the decision, they can make improvements to address highlighted issues, and ask for a re-inspection.
A premises with a lower star rating is not necessarily a premises to avoid as there are other factors that have to be considered, such as the length of time the licence holder has been operating. New businesses will be assessed as slightly higher risk simply because there is no history of good practice that can be considered. Some older premises cannot attain a five star rating due to the way they were originally designed.
The Council must refuse to issue a licence if it considers that the applicant cannot meet the licence conditions, the granting of a licence will have a negative impact on animal welfare or if the level of accommodation, staffing or management is inadequate for the well-being of animals. A licence cannot be issued to an operator who is disqualified.
The applicant will have the right of appeal to a First-tier Tribunal within 28 days of the decision notice.
More information can be found in the Procedural guidance notes for local authorities.
Initially we would encourage you to speak to the Inspecting Officer. If you are still not satisfied you can make a written appeal to the Council within 21 days of the Licence being issued. In the first instance the appeal will be considered by a Manager within the Environmental Health Department. If you are still not satisfied following the appeal you may have the matter referred for Judicial Review. More information can be found in the Procedural guidance notes for local authorities.
Yes, this involves a re-inspection and a fee is payable. More information can be found in the Procedural guidance notes for local authorities.
The regulations prescribe general licence conditions contained in Schedule 2 of the regulations that will attach to all licences and specific licence conditions contained in Schedules 3 – 7 of the regulations that will apply to individual licences depending on the licensable activities.
You need a licence if you sell animals as pets in the course of a business.
This includes the import, distribution and sale of animals by a business. It applies to domestic premises and tradition pet shops where animals are available for purchase.
You need a licence if you provide or arrange for the provision of accommodation for other people’s cats or dogs in the course of a business. This includes:
You need a licence if you hire out horses in the course of a business for either or both of the following purposes:
Horse includes an ass, mule or hinny.
The Local Authority is required to appoint a Vet to inspect the premises where the activity is being carried on every 12 months.
You need a licence for either or both of the following:
The Local Authority is required to appoint a Vet to inspect the premises on receipt of the initial application.
You need a licence for keeping or training animals for exhibition in the course of a business for educational or entertainment purposes to any audience attending in person or by recording of visual images of them by any form of technology that enables the display of such images.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.