Animal Welfare Licensing Regulations 2018

Application forms

At present, DEFRA has not published the applications on the gov.uk website. Therefore please select the appropriate application and ideally submit a saved completed copy with scanned supporting documents to environmentalprotect@chichester.gov.uk , alternatively post to:

Environmental Protection Manager, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TY.

Dangerous wild animal application form

To pay a fee

Chichester District Council has set the fees that will be charged for licences under the new regulations for the current financial year 2018-19 in the table below. To pay a fee, please contact the Council's Customer Service Team on 01243534734 and pay using a debit card. Please use the Licenced Premise address as your reference.

Fees

Licence Type

Numbers

Licence Fee

Selling animals as pets

 

304.00

Home boarding of dogs

1-6

253.00

Dog day care

1-6

289.00

7-25

304.00

26-75

319.00

76+

334.00

Kennel Boarding - dogs or cats

1-6

304.00

7-25

319.00

26-75

334.00

76+

349.00

Hire of horses/donkeys

1

418.00

2-10

445.00

11-20

522.00

21+

599.00

New dog breeding establishment

1-6

349.00

7-12

364.00

12+

394.00

Renewal dog breeding establishment

1-6

304.00

7-12

319.00

12+

349.00

Animals for exhibition

[3 year licence]

1-5

304.00

6+ or

> 3 species

334.00

Rescore visit

Any

140.00

Vets fees (where required)

Guidance - what you need to apply for a licence Inspections and Star Rating

All premises will be inspected before the licence is granted. The inspector will be looking to make sure the applicant has the following:

  • a specialist knowledge in the species they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare - i.e. mental and physical health, feeding, and knowledge of environmental enrichment.
  • 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 inspection findings will be fed into the following scoring matrix which determines both the licence duration (either 1, 2 or 3 years), but also a star rating which will be given to a business. If the applicant is not happy with the decision, they can make improvements to address highlighted issues, submit an appeal, or ask for re-inspection.

Inspection scoring matrix Scoring matrix

Scoring Matrix

Welfare Standards

Minor Failings

Minimum Standards

Higher Standards

Risk

Low Risk

1 Star

(1 year licence)

3 Star

(2 year licence)

5 Star

(3 year licence)

Higher Risk

1 Star

(1 year licence)

2 Star

(1 year licence)

4 Star

(2 year licence)

Premises with lower star ratings

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.

Premises with higher star ratings

A premises with a higher star rating indicates that the licence holder has achieved a set of higher standards that are specific to their type of activity. These are defined in the relevant guidance documents.

Dangerous Wild Animals and Zoos

The new regulations do not have any impact upon licences issued under The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and the Zoo Licensing Act 1981.