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Changes to animal licensing

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Thursday 12 September.

This aritcle is an update on a previous article.

The above regulations will come into force on Monday 1 October 2018 and will have an impact on establishments licensed under the previous animal health legislation. This includes those previously licensed as: 

For more information, you can visit legislation.gov.uk.

Applying

You can apply for a licence provided you meet the licensing conditions and you’ve not been disqualified from holding a licence under regulation 11, section 8 of the regulations including if you’ve been disqualified under section 4(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

For more information on conditions, you can visit legislation.gov.uk.

You’ll need to pay a fee as part of your application.

After you apply

After you’ve applied for a licence, you’ll receive an inspection from one of our licensing officers and an independent veterinary surgeon. We’ll assess the premises to make sure it’s maintaining the standards that are expected, including whether the animals are being kept in appropriate conditions.

The licensing officer will rate the premises based on the level of risk. Premises that have no documented history of compliance will receive a higher risk rating automatically. Your risk rating will help to determine how long your licence will last.

For more information, you can download our guidance notes and FAQ (PDF 254kb).

Renewing

Your licence will last for either one, two or three years, depending on the premises’ risk rating and level of compliance, with premises representing low risk and identified as maintain high standards, receiving upto a five star rating.

You’ll need to complete a new application at least 10 weeks before your existing licence expires.

For more information, you can download our guidance notes and FAQ (PDF 254kb).

 

The above regulations will come into force on Monday 1 October 2018 and will have an impact on establishments licensed under the previous animal health legislation. This includes those previously licensed as:

 

·         pet shops

·         catteries

·         kennels

·         home boarders

·         dog crèche

·         riding establishments

·         dog breeders

·         performing animals

 

For more information, you can visit legislation.gov.uk

Applying

You can apply for a licence provided you meet the licensing conditions and you’ve not been disqualified from holding a licence under regulation 11, section 8 of the regulations including if you’ve been disqualified under section 4(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

For more information on conditions, you can visit legislation.gov.uk.

You’ll need to pay a fee as part of your application.

After you apply

After you’ve applied for a licence, you’ll receive an inspection from one of our licensing officers and an independent veterinary surgeon. We’ll assess the premises to make sure it’s maintaining the standards that are expected, including whether the animals are being kept in appropriate conditions.

The licensing officer will rate the premises based on the level of risk. Premises that have no documented history of compliance will receive a higher risk rating automatically. Your risk rating will help to determine how long your licence will last.

For more information, you can download our guidance notes and FAQ.

Renewing

Your licence will last for either one, two or three years, depending on the premises’ risk rating and level of compliance, with premises representing low risk and identified as maintain high standards, receiving upto a five star rating.

You’ll need to complete a new application at least 10 weeks before your existing licence expires.

For more information, you can download our guidance notes and FAQ.

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