Animal welfare

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Animal welfare licenses will be issued for 1, 2 or 3 years according to assessment.

Changes to animal welfare licensing laws

Changes to the animal welfare licensing laws came into statute on 1 October 2018.

Applications for each activity undertaken will require the completion of the appropriate application form below (Part 2). Applicants will also need to complete the following:   Part 1 applicant profile  and Part 3 declaration     

This will affect anyone involved in the following animal activities: 

Fees table 2018 - Licenced activities involving animals

Code of practice for the welfare of cats and dogs

If you have question about how the new rules may affect you, please see our frequently asked questions or email envhealth@elmbridge.gov.uk  

What if I already have a licence?

Any unexpired licence/authorisation granted in accordance with previous revisions shall continue in force as described below. Prior to the expiry of any such licence/authorisation a reminder will be sent to all licence holders advising them how to apply for a new licence.

  1. Animal boarding - If you currently have an animal boarding licence it will expire on the 31 December 2018 and you will need to apply for a new ‘providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats and dogs’ licence under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.

  2. Pet shops - If you currently have a pet shop licence it will expire on the 31 December 2018 and you will need to apply for a new ‘selling animals as pets’ licence under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.

  3. Riding establishments – If you currently have a riding establishment licence it will expire on the 31 December 2018 and you will need to apply for a new ‘hiring out horses' licence under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.

  4. Dog breeding - If you currently have a dog breeding licence it will expire on the specified date shown on your licence. A minimum of 10 weeks prior to your expiry you will need to apply for a new ‘breeding dogs' licence under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.

  5. Performing animals registrations - If you currently have a performing animals registration it will expire on the 31 March 2019, 10 weeks prior to this you will need to apply for a new ‘keeping or training animals for exhibition licence' under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.

Zoo and dangerous wild animals licences remain unchanged.  

Dangerous wild animal licence

Cost: 2 year licence £566

Anyone who wishes to keep a dangerous wild animal requires a licence. Read the list of species that require a licence.

In conjunction with a consultant veterinary surgeon, we will inspect any premises before granting a licence.

Annual inspections will be performed prior to renewal of the licence.

Note: The Dangerous Wild Animals Act does not apply to any dangerous wild animal kept in a zoo or circus as these premises are registered under their own specific legislation.

In Elmbridge we currently have licensed:

  • one Savannah (F1 Hybrid) Cat

  • one Serval Cat

If you require further details please contact us.

Zoo licence

Cost: £325 per annum

Any establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition to the public (other than for the purposes of a circus or a pet shop) requires a licence.

In conjunction with a consultant veterinary surgeon, we will inspect any premises before granting a licence.

We cannot consider any application unless (at least two months before) the applicant has given notice in writing (including by electronic means) to the Council of their intention to make the application and has published notice of that intention in one local newspaper and one national newspaper and has exhibited a copy of that notice at the site.

Annual inspections will be performed prior to renewal of the licence.

Circuses, pet shops and any individual premises where the Secretary of State issues a direction that the Act should not apply, are exempt.

There are currently no zoos licensed within Elmbridge.

Legislation

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes owners and keepers responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of their animals are met.

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 - (Government Legislation link)

Comment/complaint

Make a comment/complaint about an animal premise within the Borough.

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