Animal welfare licensing

Animal welfare licensing

Animal Welfare Licensing - The Law

Hambleton District Council's Environmental Health Service is responsible for ensuring that the legislation relating to Animal Welfare Licensing, The Animal Welfare Act 2006 is enforced within the District of Hambleton. 

New Regulations made under the Act, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force on 1st October 2018, replacing some existing licensing requirements and introducing a new set of rules.

The new rules are fully explained in the updated Guidance produced by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to control the following “licensable activities”.

Animal welfare licensable activities & links to Guidance

If you carry out any of the above licensable activities, you must apply for a licence. 

Applying for a licence

please find the links to the application forms and fees below

  • Animal welfare licensing application forms 

  • How much will it cost?

What happens after I have made an application?

When we receive your completed application form and the appropriate fee, your premises will be inspected by an appointed officer of the Council (and an authorised Vet, where necessary.) Following the inspection, you will be notified in writing whether the licence is being granted, whether any necessary works are required or whether the licence is being refused.

Animal welfare star ratings

The animal welfare star rating scheme has been developed under the new regulations and is based on the animal welfare standards found at the time of the inspection and the compliance history of the business.

After each planned inspection a rating from 1 to 5 is awarded. Further advice can be found HERE

What happens if I am unhappy with my star rating?

1) You can request a star rating - re-rating inspection

You can request a star rating - re-rating inspection at any time, providing you are confident that you have met the relevant standards required. The officer will re-assess the star rating based on the level of compliance that is found at the time of the re-rating inspection. You should be aware that your rating could go up, down or remain the same. Further advice can be found HERE 2

          How do I apply for a star rating - re-rating inspection?

Complete the star rating - re-rating request form. The form can be found here.

2) You can appeal against your star rating

You can appeal If you think that the star rating is unfair and you believe the rating does not reflect the standards at the time of the inspection. Further advice can be found here.

          How do I appeal?

Complete the star rating appeal form. This can be found here.

What happens if I do not get the score I want at a re-rating inspection?

The star rating remains in place. However, you can apply for a re-rating inspection again.

Further information

The Animal welfare enforcement policy explains how we take enforcement action. This policy can be found here.

We have prepared the attached “Frequently Asked Questions” document, which we hope you will find useful.