Animal welfare licensing

Animal welfare licensing

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

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 made under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, came into force on the 1st October 2018. The effect of the new regulations is to replace some existing licensing regimes and to put in place a new licensing regime to control the following “licensable activities”:

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

What happens after I have made an application?

On receipt of your application, your premises will be inspected by an appointed officer of the Council (and the Council’s authorised Veterinary Surgeon where necessary.) After the inspection, you will be advised in writing of whether the Council is minded to grant you a licence, the works required and the likely star rating.

On receipt of this letter, you MUST make the second compliance and enforcement/s payments and provide evidence to the Council of the works undertaken. The Council will then grant you a licence, which will be one, two or three years.

Animal Welfare star rating system.

The Animal Welfare star rating system is a national system to provide customers with at a glance information about the animal establishments.

After each planned inspection a rating from 0 (the worst) to 5 (the best) is awarded based on welfare standards found at the time of the inspection. Further advice can be found here.

What happens if I am unhappy with my star rating:

You can appeal If you think that the star rating is unfair – in other words, it does not reflect the standards at the time of the inspection – you can appeal against this. Further advice can be found here.

What do I need to do?

Complete the request appeal form. This can be found here.

Or you can Request a re-inspection.

You can request a reinspection straight away providing you are confident that you have met the relevant standards required. The officer will give you a ‘new’ star rating based on the level of compliance that is found at the time of the reinspection. You should be aware that your rating could go up, down or remain the same. Further advice can be found here.

How much will it cost?

The fee for a re-inspection is £175

What do I need to do?

Complete the request revisit form. The form can be found here.

What happens if I do not get the score I want?

The safeguards remain in place. However, you can apply re-inspection again.

Further information

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