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Animal Licence

The Government has recently published the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The new regulations replace some existing licensing regimes and put in place a new regime to control the following licensable activities:

If you have a current licence under one of the above activities it will continue to be valid until it is due to expire. You will then need to apply for a licence under the new regulations. If your existing licence is due to expire before 1 October 2018 then you will need to apply to renew it under the existing laws; it will remain valid until it expires at which point you will need to apply for a new licence under the new regulations.

We will write to all current licence holders with licences which will shortly expire, to invite them to apply for a new licence. Ideally an application for a licence under the new regulations should be made no later than 10 weeks before the current licence is due to expire to allow time for the application to be dealt with. However, we recognise that this is not always possible during the implementation of the new regime.

Application Forms

Duration of Licences

Under the new regulations, a licence will last for either 1, 2 or 3 years. During inspection we will consider two main aspects:

  • Firstly the welfare standards observed, which are based upon assessment of a range of criteria, including records, staffing, the environment, diet, and the protection of the animals from pain and suffering. The inspection findings will determine whether there are 'minor failings', 'minimum standards' are achieved or 'higher standards' have been met.
  • Secondly, the risk, which is largely based on the history of compliance of the business, and also upon the licence holder's appreciation of hazards and risks. The overall risk will be determined as being either 'low' or 'higher'.

The inspection findings will be fed into the following scoring matrix which determines both the licence duration, and a star rating which will be given to a business.

Scoring
Matrix

Welfare Standards

Minor Failings

Minimum Standards

Higher Standards



Risk

Low Risk

1 Star

(1 year license)

3 Star

(2 year license)

5 Star

(3 year license)

Higher Risk

1 Star

(1 year license)

2 Star

(1 year license)

4 Star

(2 year license)

Licence Conditions

The conditions which will be attached to licences are in Schedules 3 to 7 of the regulations and will depend on the licensable activities.

Riding Establishments will still be required to have all horses used under the Act annually inspected by a local authority veterinary surgeon.

Fees

The below is not an exhaustive list, and includes other factors as part of the determination of fees and charges.

Fees are divided into three elements:

Part A - To cover all cost associated with determining the licence application and includes all administration costs.

Part B – includes recoverable reasonably expected enforcement cost, including training and the cost of an interim compliance visit during the licence period where undertaken by Crawley Borough Council Staff.

Part A and B fees will be collected on application with the Part B fee being refunded if the application is refused.

The legislation introduces new processes such as appeals, variations and revocations. It also allows operators to request some visits such as variations, re-score, and appeals. Where such visits are attributed to non-compliance, these costs are recoverable.

The duration of the licence will be based on the ability of the operator to demonstrate that they meet the conditions required for that licensable activity alongside their compliance with the same and includes management controls in place. Each matter will be allocated a risk score and star rating based on these factors. It will also influence the duration of a licence.

Licensable activities, such as Dangerous Wild Animals and Zoo licences are not included in the new legislation, therefore their fees are unchanged.

Licence Type

PART A

Application Fee

PART B

Grant of licence

Total fee

Re-inspection

Boarding for Cats and/or dogs (Kennels)

£172

£312

£484

£156

Home Boarding for Dogs

£172

£312

£484

£156

Dog Day Care

£172

£312

£484

£156

Breeding Dogs

£172

£312

£484

£156

Hiring out horses

£172

£312

£484

£156

Selling Animals as pets

£172

£312

£484

£156

Keeping or training animals for exhibition

£172

£312

£484

£156

Veterinary charges will be made where applicable. These costs will be met by the licence holder. The applicant will be re-charged the cost of such by the Authority

Supplementary licence action

Cost

Variation to licence

Price on Application

Transfer of licence

Price on Application

Appeals

Price on Application

Site Visit

Price on Application

Where more than one activity listed takes place, an additional fee will be levied

Price on Application

Approved Veterinarian inspections as part of the consideration of the application will be undertaken for all breeding establishments, exhibition of animals, hiring horses, pet vending and initial applications for cat and dog boarding. Supplementary veterinarian fees may be charged where multiple visits to a setting are required. The cost of inspection by an approved veterinarian will be collected following the application inspection irrespective of the licence being granted or refused.

Notes

Cat/Dog Boarding, Dog Kennelling, Day Care for Dogs, Selling of Animals as Pets and Existing Licences Dog Breeders - The duration of the licence can be 1, 2 or 3 years. This will depend upon if you are a first time applicant and will be based upon the risk score and star rating given to your business at the time of your initial inspection.

Every animal welfare business will receive at least one unannounced inspection during the licensed period. This can vary depending upon the duration of the licence and risk rating awarded.

Dog Breeders (new applicants) - All new licences are only granted for one year.

Hiring of Horses - These fees are based on an existing licence holder and requiring 2 veterinary inspections within the licence period.

Keeping or Training of Animals for Exhibition - These are 3-year licence with no further formal inspections during the licence period.

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Alcohol & Premises Licensing
Planning & Environmental Services Department
Town Hall
The Boulevard
Crawley
RH10 1UZ

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Alcohol & Premises Licensing
Planning & Environmental Services Department
Town Hall
The Boulevard
Crawley
RH10 1UZ

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