Any application made to us for a licence must be made (unless in exceptional circumstances) by the person who proposes to own and possess the animal and must:-
Specify the species and number of animals to be kept;
Specify the premises where the animals will normally be kept;
Be made to us for those premises;
Be made by a person 18 years of age or over and not disqualified from holding a licence under the Act; and
Be accompanied by a fee stipulated by us at a level sufficient to meet the direct and indirect costs involved.
Applications not complying with these requirements can not be granted by us.
Once you have completed the application form, we will arrange to visit you with a vet so that the standards of your premises can be assessed. If there are any areas where improvement is needed, we will provide you with the information you need to comply with the licensing conditions.
We may not grant a licence unless:-
(a) It will not be contrary to the public interest on grounds of safety, nuisance or otherwise to issue a licence;
(b) The applicant is suitable;
(c) Animals will:-
be held in secure accommodation suitable in size for the animals kept and which is suitable as regards construction, temperature, lighting, ventilation, drainage and cleanliness and
have adequate and suitable food, drink and bedding and be visited at regular intervals;
(d) Be appropriately protected in case of fire or other emergency;
(e) Be subject to precautions to control infectious diseases;
(f) Be provided with adequate exercise facilities.
We are required to specify conditions which:-
(a) Require the animals to be kept only by persons specified in the licence;
(b) Require the animals to be normally held at the premises specified in the licence;
(c) Require the animals not to be moved from those premises unless in circumstances allowed for in the licence;
(d) Require the licence holder and person keeping the animals to be insured against liability for damage caused by the animals to the satisfaction us;
(e) Restrict the species and numbers of animals;
(f) Require a copy of the licence to be made available by the licence holder to persons entitled to keep the animals; and
(g) Any other conditions necessary or desirable to secure the objectives specified in paragraphs (c) - (f) listed under 'matters for consideration' above.
We can attach any other conditions which we think fit , but if it is to permit the animal to be taken into another Local Authority area for more than 72 hours, we must consult that Local Authority.
Conditions not required by the Act to be attached to the licence may be revoked or modified by us or new conditions may be added. These variations come into effect immediately if they were requested by the licence holder but otherwise we must notify the licence holder in writing and allow a reasonable time for compliance.
Once your premises are licensed, we will inspect as appropriate, and we may also carry out interim visits.
As part of the licence process, you will need to update us with any changes to the premises where you keep the animals.
Please note that some details of your premises may be included on our web-site, and your details may also be shared with other statutory bodies as appropriate.