Animal Welfare Licensing

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Animal Welfare Licensing (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)

On 1 October 2018 new Government regulations came into force that affect anyone conducting the boarding of animals; the breeding of dogs; the hiring out of horses; the provision of day care facilities for dogs; the selling of animals as pets; and any person keeping or training animals for exhibition. These regulations can be downloaded below:

The new licensing regime requires that all applicants meet the same, up-to-date, minimum welfare standards for animals across the country. Businesses will be licensed by the relevant local authority and will have to meet these minimum standards in order to hold and retain a licence.

The Department for Food, Environmental and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued guidance which you will need to comply with by 31 December 2018.

Before you Apply

Before submitting your application, we recommend reading the guidance notes for the Animal Activity you will be applying for.

With your application you are required to submit a number of documents in order for us to determine your application. These need to be received with the application so they can be reviewed before a vet’s inspection is arranged.

Being prepared will ensure we are able to process your application and issue your licence in a timely manner.

When submitting your application you will need to include the following –

  • A plan of the premises - Whilst this doesn’t need to be to scale, it should include all dimensions, entrance and exits, fire exits (were appropriate), windows, WC, Food Preparation Areas (were appropriate) and any area dedicated to animals.
  • Insurance Policy - Insurance appropriate to your business is required to be in place.
  • Operating Procedures - This should include emergency evacuation plans, daily cleaning/feeding/exercising schedules. Details about waste removal and confirmation of any contracts in place for this should be provided.
  • Risk Assessments, Infectious Control Procedures, Safeguarding Procedures - These should include Fire Risks Assessments, animal isolation processes, dealing with unwell or infectious animals and what measures are in place to ensure all staff/family and animals remain safe at all times.
  • Qualifications - Details of any qualifications that are held by the applicant and any staff members should be included and copies of the qualifications must be supplied.
  • Training Records - Records for staff training must be supplied. These should detail any daily/weekly/monthly/annual training that will be carried out by all staff members. Details of future refresher training should also be included and if there is the provision for staff to undergo future recognised, relevant qualifications this can be detailed as well.

When we carry out the inspection of the premises, we would like to see all of the above in situ but we understand that new businesses will not have a history of completed forms. Any premises that are currently undertaking animal activities, should be able to show records of checks which have been carried out previously. Advice may be given where improvements are needed to reach the standards of the Animal Activity Regime.

Boarding of Animals - this includes commercial boarding, home boarding and dog day care

Applications, Guidance Notes and Fees

Guidance Documents

Application Form

Fees

All fees are split into two payments, Part A and Part B.

Part A must be paid when submitting your application and is non-refundable. Part B must be made once the application has been approved and the licence is ready to be granted.

Vets fees will also be payable by the applicant following all inspections, for more information about these vets fees please contact the licensing team.

Part A Fee (payable with application) Part B Fee (payable on grant of licence)
£253 £112

Dog Breeding

Applications, Guidance Notes and Fees

Guidance Documents

Application Form

Fees

All fees are split into two payments, Part A and Part B.

Part A must be paid when submitting your application and is non-refundable. Part B must be made once the application has been approved and the licence is ready to be granted.

Vets fees will also be payable by the applicant following all inspections, for more information about these vets fees please contact the licensing team.

Part A Fee (payable with application) Part B Fee (payable on grant of licence)
£253 £112

Exhibition and Training of Animals

Applications, Guidance Notes and Fees

Guidance Documents

All licences for the exhibition and training of animals will be issued for three years and are not subject to the star rating that cover the other animal activities.

Application Form

Fees

All fees are split into two payments, Part A and Part B.

Part A must be paid when submitting your application and is non-refundable. Part B must be made once the application has been approved and the licence is ready to be granted.

Vets fees will also be payable by the applicant following all inspections, for more information about these vets fees please contact the licensing team.

Part A Fee (payable with application) Part B Fee (payable on grant of licence)
£253 £112

Selling Animals as Pets

Applications, Guidance Notes and Fees

Guidance Documents

Application Form

Fees

All fees are split into two payments, Part A and Part B.

Part A must be paid when submitting your application and is non-refundable. Part B must be made once the application has been approved and the licence is ready to be granted.

Vets fees will also be payable by the applicant following all inspections, for more information about these vets fees please contact the licensing team.

Part A Fee (payable with application) Part B Fee (payable on grant of licence)
£253 £112

Hiring of Horses

Applications, Guidance Notes and Fees

Guidance Documents

Guidance notes for Hiring out Horses 2018

Application Form

Fees

All fees are split into two payments, Part A and Part B.

Part A must be paid when submitting your application and is non-refundable. Part B must be made once the application has been approved and the licence is ready to be granted.

Vets fees will also be payable by the applicant following all inspections, for more information about these vets fees please contact the licensing team.

Please be aware that all Riding establishments require a mid-term inspection to be carried out by a specified Vet, this will payable by the licence holder.

Part A Fee (payable with application) Part B Fee (payable on grant of licence)
£253 £112

What happens to my current licence?

This will stay in force until it expires, by which time you will need to have a licence granted under the new scheme to be able to continue to trade lawfully.

What changes have been made?

The new scheme will incorporate “earned recognition” into the animal licensing system for the first time. We will be able to issue licences of 1, 2 or 3 years duration, with longer licences going to high performing, low risk businesses. Businesses will be “star rated” for the first time from between 1 to 5 stars. A 1 star rating would mean a 1 year licence with a 5 star rating meaning a 3 year licence. When we issue your licence we will be required to write to you explaining how your rating was determined and if you are not happy with your rating (for a fee) you will be able to apply for a re-inspection in order to improve it. We will be required to publish these ratings on the Tonbridge and Malling’s Council website.

We will also be able to issue licences at any point in the year rather than as now where the majority of licences expire on 31 December regardless of when issued.

You will be able to have a number of separate licensing activities on the one licence.

National conditions will be applied to all licences issued. There will be general conditions which will be applicable to all licences and specific conditions which will be tailored to each individual licensable activity.

Why are things changing?

In order to streamline the licensing process and to ensure that animal welfare provisions are applied consistently nationwide.

What happens now?

We will write to all those currently licensed in October with further information, at the same time we will update these licensing pages with more details, application forms, fees, and applicable conditions.

Contact Information

The licensing team are available on 01732 876368 or by email to licensing.services@tmbc.gov.uk