Animal Welfare

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

In April 2018 new regulations were adopted by Parliament that replace the majority of the animal welfare legislation administered by Local Authorities. The new law came into effect on 1st October 2018.

The new legislation is very different in the way in which the activity we licence is legislated and allows for the licensing of the following activities:

  • Selling Animals as pets
  • Providing Boarding for cats or dogs (Dog Kennels and Catteries)
  • Home Dog Boarding
  • Dog Day Care
  • Hiring Out Horses (to include pony trekking, riding instruction where a mount is provided and donkey or pony rides)
  • Breeding Dogs (to include where 3 or more litters are bred in 12 months or a business selling dogs is advertised)
  • Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition

Licences issued include General National Conditions together with National Specific Conditions which will apply to each type of activity.

The new licences will also be subject to satisfactory inspections of premises with new Breeding and Horse Riding inspections also requiring an inspection by an approved vet.

The inspector is required as part of the inspection to determine a "Star Rating" for each licence which will determine the duration of the licence and frequency of inspections. The star rating will form part of the licence which must be publicly displayed.

Fees

Fees for the new licences are broken down into two parts, an application fee and a grant of licence fee. The grant of licence fee will depend on the amount of years the licence is granted for. Please note the application fee is non-refundable so please ensure you are aware of the conditions you will be expected to be able to meet.

Licence Activity Fee
Dog Breeding Establishments Application* £174.00
Dog Breeding Granting 1 Year Licence £116.00
Dog Breeding Granting 2/3 Year Licence £139.00
Animal Boarding Establishments Application £174.00
Animal Boarding Grant 1 Year Licence £116.00
Animal Boarding Grant 2/3 Year Licence £174.00
Providing Day Care for Dogs Application £174.00
Providing Day Care for Dogs Grant 1 Year Licence £58.00
Providing Day Care for Dogs Grant 2/3 Year Licence £87.00
Hiring out Horses Application* £174.00
Hiring out Horses Grant 1 Year Licence £116.00
Hiring out Horses Grant 2/3 Year Licence £174.00
Animals for Exhibition Application £174.00
Animals for Exhibition Grant 3 Year Licence £58.00
Selling Animals as Pets Application £174.00
Selling Animals as Pets Grant 1 Year - up to 250 sq m £116.00
Selling Animals as Pets Grant 1 Year - 251 sq m to 500 sq m £174.00
Selling Animals as Pets Grant 1 Year - 501 sq m to 1000 sq m £232.50
Selling Animals as Pets Grant 1 Year - Over 1000 sq m £290.50
Selling Animals as Pets Grant 2/3 Year Licence additional fee £116.00
*Requires a Veterinary Inspection on first application TBC

 

Guidance and Conditions

The condition that must be met for a successful inspection are attached below. If you are operating a business which would require a licence as a consequence of the new Regulations please take the time to examine both the general (b) and also the activity specific conditions that will apply to the licence requested. It is also advised that you read the Pre inspection information as well.

Please note that the application fee is non-refunable so you should ensure that you are meeting the conditions set down before applying.

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

b) Procedural Guidance for Animal Activities Licensing 2018

c) Guidance Notes for Breeding Dogs 2018 Version 1.2
    Pre Inspection Information - Dog Breeding

d) Guidance Notes for Boarding Dogs in Kennels 2018 Version 1.2
    Pre Inspection Information - Boarding Dogs in Kennels

e) Guidance Notes for Home Boarding Dogs 2018 Version 1.2
    Pre Inspection Information - Home Boarding Dogs

f) Guidance Notes for Dog Day Care 2018 Version 1.2
   Pre Inspection Information - Dog Day Care

g) Guidance Notes for Boarding Cats 2018 Version 1.2
    Pre Inspection Information - Boarding Cats

h) Guidance Notes for Selling Animals as Pets 2018 Version 1.2
    Pre Inspection Information - Selling Animals as Pets

i) Guidance Notes of Exhibition of Animals 2018
   Pre Inspection Information - Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition

j) Guidance Notes for Hiring out Horses 2018 Version 1.2

Further documents you may find useful:

Animal Welfare Act 2006

Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs

Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats

Application Forms

Application for Home Boarding for Dogs

Application for Day Care for Dogs

Application for Kennels

Application for Dog Breeding

Application for Boarding Cats

Application for Selling Animals as Pets

Application for Hiring Out Horses

Application forms for any of the above licences can be obtained from Licensing, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7BZ
Tel:01827 709674. Email: environmentalhealth@tamworth.gov.uk

Last updated 29/4/2019.