Environmental Health license the keeping of certain animals including:
As part of the application process the council's inspector (in certain cases accompanied by a veterinary surgeon or practitioner) will assess the suitability of both the applicant and the premises to ensure animal health and welfare is protected.
A fee is payable when applying for a licence (in addition to any vet fees where applicable). Most animal health licences also require the operator to be covered by a separate insurance policy. The local authority operates a three tiered charging and inspection scheme based on the risk rating of licensed premises.
The applicant must not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop, animal boarding establishment, dog, riding establishment or custody of any animal.
Other licensable activities include:
Your right of appeal
Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence has been granted may appeal to a Magistrates' Court. The Magistrates' Court may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as they think proper.
Appeal periods vary and will be notified to you at the time of our decision.
Please contact us in the first instance to try to resolve any issues.
Trade associations and additional guidance
Links to a number of established and specialist trade associations is available on the related download.