On 1 October 2018 new Government regulations came into force that apply to pet shops, dog breeders, catteries, kennels, home boarders, doggy day care, riding establishments and performance or exhibition of animals.
|Licensable Activity||Guidance Notes|
Dog breeding establishments
What happens next?
Existing licences remain in force for the remainder of their term, under the current regulations in place. Renewal licences and all new licence applications after 1 October 2018 will need to be made under the new Regulations.
We are currently in the process of reviewing the new legislation and guidance. As a result, licence conditions will be changed and our fees and procedures will also need to be adjusted. If you have an animal licence with us we will contact you in due course to let you know what the next steps are. In the meantime, you should review the above guidance to see how the changes might impact on your business.
Dangerous Wild Animals and Zoos licences remain largely unaffected by the Regulations.
Anyone wishing to apply for a new animal licence should contact us before making an application. You must then:
- Read the relevant guidance notes for each activity you intend to undertake, which can be found above
- Read the further information
- Ensure that your operation is 100% compliant with the general and specific conditions for each activity you intend to undertake
- Complete the Animal Activity Licence Application Form [pdf] 153KB
- Complete the Licensed Animal Establishment Response Plan [pdf] 33KB
- Ensure you have copies of all supporting documents
- Pay the appropriate fee
- Animal licensing guidance notes and frequently asked questions (FAQs) [pdf] 266KB.
- The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) 2018 [pdf] 197KB
- Procedural Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing 2018 [pdf] 649KB
Reporting poor care of animals
We are responsible for any welfare issues occurring in premises which we licence. If you suspect animal welfare needs are not being met in an establishment that we licence please contact us. For all other enquiries reporting the welfare of animals please call the RSPCA's 24-hour national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: Licensing, Ashford Borough Council, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PLPL