Changes to the animal licensing laws
The Government has published updated legislation for animal businesses and these changes will take effect from 1st October 2018. Under the new laws, animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers), dog breeders, pet shops and riding establishments will be covered under a single type of licence from that date. It will be known as an 'animal activity licence', with new nationally-set licence conditions for businesses providing animal-related services.
Businesses operating with these activities will need to comply with the new conditions, and will be assessed before the licence is granted to make sure they can meet them.
Those businesses operating under current licences will be able to continue to do so until the expiry date of their licence. All applications to renew licences will be under the new legislation.
The new licence conditions for each of the animal activities covered are set out below:
The application process
Existing licence holders will need to apply for their renewed licences under the new laws 10 weeks before the renewal date. Application forms are available under the downloads section on this page. Please return the application form either by post (address at the top of this page) or email.
We will assess all businesses and apply a risk rating and award stars for their compliance with the licence conditions. 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.
For further advice or to check if you require a licence, please contact us.