Updated advice for animal related businesses
As of 4 July, The Canine and Feline Sector Group working with DEFRA, has updated its advice for pet businesses, including breeders, rescue and rehoming centres, groomers and dog walkers etc.
Animal activities licensing
Find out about the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and who they affect.
The regulations govern the licensing of the following animal activities:
Changes to animal welfare licensing laws
selling animals as pets
hiring out horses
keeping or training animals for exhibition
home boarding of dogs
boarding of dogs in kennels
boarding for cats
Guidance and policy
Please read the guidance notes for each activity on what will be required.
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In order to ensure compliance with our duties to ensure that an individual has not been disqualified from holding a licence, our policy sets out criteria which will ensure that only suitable applicants are granted a licence.
An applicant will be granted a licence if we are satisfied that the licence conditions will be met. In considering this, we will take into account whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to be the operator of the activity.
The term 'fit and proper' is not defined in the legislation or guidance.
Our policy states that we will consider a 'fit and proper person' to be an individual who can demonstrate upon application that they have:
- the right to work in the UK
- no relevant convictions
- not been disqualified from holding a licence
- the knowledge, experience, compliance history and ability to comply with licence conditions and safeguard the welfare of animals in their care
- made suitable management and training arrangements to safeguard and protect any staff and/or members of the public who may be affected by the licence activity.
Applicants will be required to produce documents in support of the above with their application.
Please complete the animal activity licensing form that is relevant to your business, as well as the Standard Introductory Section form, and the Declaration Section form, and return all forms by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to remove or add a horse to your licence, please call customer services to make payment and complete the email@example.com. The completed form and vet report can then be emailed to:
How to pay
Pay with a debit/credit card over the phone once you have emailed your forms to us. Telephone: 01483 505050.
Pay with a debit/credit card at our main reception, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB.
All premises will be inspected before the licence is granted. The inspector will be checking the applicant has the following:
a specialist knowledge in the species they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare. This would include the animal's mental and physical health, feeding and knowledge of environmental enrichment. The applicant should be able to demonstrate that they have researched and followed expert guidance in order to carry out their role.
comprehensive records that contain all the information required by the conditions that apply to their particular activities.
an understanding of risks involved in caring for the animal, including an extensive risk assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly. These documents should be available for the Inspector to examine.
training procedures in place to make sure staff know what is expected of them, and clear evidence of good supervision of staff.
The premises will also be assessed so we can be sure the licence holder can meet the new laws relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept.
Based on the information, we will assess the risk rating and award stars.
Low-risk premises can attain up to five stars, and premises that have been assessed as higher risk can be awarded up to four stars. If the applicant is not satisfied with the decision, they can make improvements to address highlighted issues, and ask for a re-inspection. As per the regulations, Animals kept for Exhibition do not receive a star-rated licence.
A premises with a lower star rating is not necessarily a premises to avoid as there are other factors that have to be considered, such as the length of time the licence holder has been operating. New businesses will be assessed as slightly higher risk simply because there is no history of good practice that can be considered. Some older premises cannot attain a five star rating due to the way they were originally designed.
Fee For Grant
Vet fees upon application and as required for licence duration.
Dog Day Care
Keeping Animals for Exhibition
Selling Animals as Pets
Hiring out horses
Each Additional Licence Activity
Each Additional Inspection
Variation to licence
Re-evaluation of rating
Variations to reduce the licensable activities or numbers of animals
Transfer due to death of licensee
|Varying a schedule of horses on a licence||£36|
View online the register of premises operating under a valid Animal Licence. The register covers all licences under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 Act in our Borough.
Finding a stray dog/reporting a lost dog
See our Lost or stray dogs page for information about reporting a lost or stray dog.