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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

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 exibiting animals will cease from this date,

Seminars:

The Licensing Authority are holding three seminars across the county to inform on the new animal welfare legislation.  This will be to advise on changes and answer any questions.

Venues and times as follows:-

  • County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN - 9th October 2018 - 6pm to 8pm.  Book here
  • Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 1ER - 10th October 2018 - 6pm to 8pm Book here
  • The Old Fire Station, Salt Lane, Salisbury, SP1 1DU - 15th October 2018 - 6pm to 8pm Book here

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 Authority, 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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Spare bedrooms that are not being used for humans to sleep in can be considered as a useable space for the licence. 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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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.

Home Boarding Establishments

Due to the above mentioned Animal Welfare Regulations coming into effect on 1st October 2018, if you wish to enquire/apply before this date please contact the team on 01249 706555 or publicprotectionnorth@wiltshire.gov.uk

Dog Creche Establishments

Due to the above mentioned Animal Welfare Regulations coming into effect on 1st October 2018, if you wish to enquire/apply before this date please contact the team on 01249 706555 or publicprotectionnorth@wiltshire.gov.uk

Dual Animal Boarding Establishments

Due to the above mentioned Animal Welfare Regulations coming into effect on 1st October 2018, if you wish to enquire/apply before this date please contact the team on 01249 706555 or publicprotectionnorth@wiltshire.gov.uk

Public Register Animal Boarding in the Home/Dog Creche/Dual Licences

Animal Boarding Establishments

Due to the above mentioned Animal Welfare Regulations coming into effect on 1st October 2018, if you wish to enquire/apply before this date please contact the team on 01249 706555 or publicprotectionnorth@wiltshire.gov.uk

Dog breeding establishments

Due to the above mentioned Animal Welfare Regulations coming into effect on 1st October 2018, if you wish to enquire/apply before this date please contact the team on 01249 706555 or publicprotectionnorth@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 14 September 2018 | Last reviewed: 14 September 2018