Animal Activities Licensing
The law changed on 1 October 2018 and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 are now in force.
- Changes to animal welfare licensing laws
- Animal activities
- Accommodation that are licensable
- Applications cannot be made by any individual
- Application forms
- How to pay
- How to apply
- Application Evaluation Process
- Tacit consent
- Conditions of Licence
We are working towards implementing them and providing guidance to businesses. For more information, visit the Legislation.gov.uk website's animal welfare licensing laws page (external).
The changes affect anyone involved in the following:
- Guidance Notes - Day Care for Dogs (PDF 448KB)
- Guidance Notes - For Breeding Dogs (PDF 649KB)
- Guidance Notes - For Selling Animals as Pets (PDF 994KB)
- Guidance Notes - For Exhibiting Animals (PDF 651KB)
- Guidance Notes - For Home Boarding of Dogs (PDF 598KB)
- Guidance Notes - For Boarding Dogs in Kennels (PDF, 425KB)
- Guidance Notes - For Boarding Cats (PDF 1.2MB)
If you are going to provide or arrange for the provision of accommodation for other people’s cats or dogs as a business, you will need an animal activity licence. This is true for any premises. The Council issues all animal activity licences.
There are four types:
- providing boarding for cats
- providing boarding in kennels for dogs
- providing home boarding for dogs or
- providing day care for dogs
- who is subject to a specific disqualification or
- who has had certain licenses revoked in the past
Please refer to the regulations (external) and statutory guidance (external). These provide more detailed information on the requirements that will apply. They also detail whether there are any exemptions.
If you have questions about how the new rules may affect you, contact:
The Licensing Team
020 8489 8232
Please read the guidance notes on what will be required. You can add more than one activity to each licence, however you must read the guidance as some activities are not compatible.
Please complete the animal activity licensing form that is relevant to your business, as well as the Sandard Applicant Profile Section (Word 55KB) and the Declaration Section Form (Word 46KB)and return all forms by email to Licensing@haringey.gov.uk.
- Application - Animal Boarding (Word 88KB)
- Application - Breeding and the Sale of Dogs (Word 90KB)
- Application - Performing Animals (Word 92KB)
- Application - Pet Vending (Word 110KB)
Pay with a debit/credit card over the phone once you have emailed your forms to us - we will contact you to take payment.
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.
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.
Premises already licensed under the old legislation will continue to be licensed until such time as their licence expires. They will then have to apply for a new licence under the new regulations.
Applications can only be made by individuals. An application form will need to be completed. This should be submitted with the application fee and any supporting documents.
You can do this by downloading an application form. You will need to complete the form and send to the address on the form. Alternatively you can email the completed form, details are on the form.
The Council is not permitted to consider and determine an application until it has an inspection report for the premises. To obtain a report the Council must instruct a suitably qualified inspector.
The inspector must establish whether mandatory conditions attached to any licence can be complied with. The Council must also consider whether the conduct displayed by any applicant indicates that they are a fit and proper person to carry out the licensable activity.
Following the inspection your application will then be considered and determined. This will involve an assessment to determine the star rating that will apply to the premises. The star rating awarded will range from 1 to 5 stars. We are also required to determine the risk level of the premises. Both of these assessments will be carried out having regard to the scoring matrix. This is contained in the statutory guidance (external).
If your application is approved then a licence fee becomes payable. The licence will be issued for a period of either 1, 2 or 3 years. The length of licence is dependent on the star rating and the risk level determined for the premises. There is an appeals process for the star rating awarded.
We will aim to have your application determined within 10 weeks of a valid and complete application. If we have been unable to determine your application in this time a licence will not be automatically granted. This is due to animal welfare implications.
To be confirmed.
All licences will be subject to mandatory conditions of licence. These are set out in the regulations. There are specific conditions for each type of boarding.
These are listed below in the statutory guidance for each activity. This includes guidance on what is required to meet the conditions of licence. The statutory guidance also provides advice on what is in or out of scope for licensing.
Any person who is aggrieved by a decision of the Council may appeal.
- refuse to grant or renew a licence, or
- revoke or vary a licence
Licence holders must apply for a renewal at least 10 weeks before their current licence expires. This is if they wish to continue to operate without a break.