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The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

Changes are being made to improve the effectiveness of existing regulations and to simplify the application and inspection process for businesses as well as maintaining and improving existing animal welfare standards. The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

Most recently Government introduced a significant change with the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations 2018 and below you will find the Guidance documents to assist businesses in meeting the new requirements set out under those Regulations.

Animal Boarding Activity Application Forms

Please note that applications can only be made by individuals. 

The link below to the Animal Boarding Activity application form is used for the following – home boarding of dogs, dog day care, boarding dogs in kennels and boarding cats. Other activities have specific application forms and these are to be found by scrolling down the page.

Once completed the application form should be submitted with the application fee and supporting documents and sent to the address on the form. Alternatively you can email the completed application - details are to be found on the form.

Dog breeding establishments

Riding establishments

Keeping or training animals for exhibition

The new regulations take effect on 1st October 2018.  All previous animal legislation relating to dog boarding, dog breeding, sale of pets, hiring out horses and exhibiting animals will cease from this date,

See Questions and Answers below - these are not exhausted and will be updated on a regular basis.

Seminars:

Further to our recent communications advertising information seminars -  original seminars are now all fully booked.   We have decided to  accommodate a further seminar to be held at Monkton Park Council Offices, Chippenham SN15 1ER.  You can book a place through the link below.  Should you require assistance call 01249 706555.

Eventbrite - Additional Animal Licensing Seminar

Swindon Borough Council are also putting on their own seminar, which you can book through the link below.

Eventbrite - Additional Animal Licensing Seminar

All licences apart from those issued under the current Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925 will continue until their expiration date and under their current conditions. Licences issued for Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925 will run until 31 March 2019.

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If you are a running a business which makes a profit for animal boarding, breeding, exhibiting animals, horse riding or selling animals, you will require a licence.

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Once an application has been submitted to the local council, we will arrange to carry out an inspection of your premises. The inspector will be looking at the welfare of the animals and how this is maintained through the businesses practices. The inspector will ask to see all paperwork setting out the business policies, procedures and staff training and will want to see the animals and their living environment.

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It is anticipated that the inspection will take between 1-2hours.

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An experienced local authority officer will carry out the inspections. For horse riding and dog breeding the local authority officer will be accompanied by a vet.

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A licence to exhibit animals will be granted for 3 years. All other licences will be granted with a licence for 1 to 3 years depending on the star rating awarded after inspection.

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The inspecting officer will carry out a risk rating of the business based on compliance history, the applicant’s knowledge of the animals in their care and their ability to demonstrate their practices and staff training. The inspector will be looking at the animals and their living environment giving consideration to the conditions issued by DEFRA. The overall score will determine the star rating and the length of licence.

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You can submit a written appeal within 21 days of the rating being issued to the licensing authority and request a re-inspection. Any re-inspection will be at the cost to the applicant. Businesses disputing their star rating are encouraged to discuss this informally with the inspecting officer first so that there is an opportunity to help explain to the business how the rating was worked out.

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There is no limit to the number of re-inspections, however there will be a charge for each inspection. You will need to submit the request in writing and detail what actions you have taken to improve the level of compliance or the standard of welfare for the animals since the previous inspection.

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No. If there is no evidence provided or the case made by the business is unsubstantiated, the local authority can refuse.

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Not necessarily. If Standards have fallen since the previous inspection, a lower rating may be given.

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If the business disagrees with the outcome of the appeal, they can challenge the local authority’s decision by means of judicial review.

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You will be issued with one licence which lists the different types of activity you are licensed for. Both activities will be star rated and the lower of the two will be displayed on the licence.

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Each dog must be able to have its own designated room. This must be a proper room
with its own window. Dogs from the same household will also need to have a room each.

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The new legislation stipulates that no more than 4 dogs can be walked by one person at a time for home boarding. If you also have a dog walking business, you will need to walk these dogs at a different time.

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Yes.  bedrooms can used, as long as they are not occupied by children under the age of 16 . The room must have enough space for the dog to move around freely.

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Yes. The applicant will need to consider the safety of both the animals and the children in the house. The applicant will need to provide a written risk assessment.

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Under the new legislation dogs cannot be left unattended at any time in a crèche. If you need to leave the property, you must ensure that there is a suitably qualified/experienced member of staff available.

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These qualification are currently being developed and will be available to find online shortly.

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A dog crèche can run from 7am – 7pm, if you have dogs in your care outside of these hours, you will require a licence for home boarding/kennels.

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No not necessarily. There are many factors to take into consideration when rating a business; for instance a new business with no history will initially be considered high risk and therefore unable to attain the highest rating.

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Your star rating will appear on your licence. This must be displayed in a prominent place in the premises. The local authority will also have a public register online listing all licenced business and their most recent rating.

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We will take your compliance history into consideration when the rating is issued. The highest number of stars will be issued to businesses that comply with the conditions and are able to demonstrate that they fulfil all of the required higher standards plus 50% of the optional higher standards. The level 3 qualification falls under the optional higher standards.

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If this provides an income of more than £1000 each year, you will require a licence.

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No, anyone breeding only assistance dogs as defined in the Equality Act 2010 will not require a licence.

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Public Register for Animal Activities

These registers are currently under production

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Last updated: 12 October 2018 | Last reviewed: 12 October 2018