On the 1 October 2018, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018 No. 486) came into force. These regulations replace a number of pieces of legislation and provide for a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities. One of these activities is the keeping or training of animals for exhibition. 

Licences held under the current system for the boarding of animals will remain in force until the 1 January 2019.

Apply online

Other ways to apply

  • Requests for application forms can be made by email to: tradingstandards@newcastle.gov.uk
  • phone 0191 2116121
  • Download an Application Form (pdf, 436 kb) and post to: Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH

There is a licence fee payable on application, however, should we require the expertise of an animal specialist this may incur further costs at your expense before a licence is issued.

Anyone can apply unless disqualified in terms of the convictions for the offences listed in Schedule 8 of the Regulations.

The Application Process

When determining the application for a Licence for the Provision of Boarding For Cats and Dogs, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne will take into consideration the Conditions listed on the Application Form (pdf 438 kb); together with various sets of Guidance Notes as published by DEFRA:

One of the Animal Health Inspectors from the Council will visit the premises to ensure that it complies with the above. In certain circumstances a veterinary inspection may also be undertaken and the Applicant will have to pay the relevant inspection fees.

How long will it take to Process my Application?

If we have not contacted you to make arrangements to complete an inspection within 14 days of your application, please contact us to check that your application was correctly made and received.

The Council will endeavour to issue a Licence within a period of 28 days, however if we have been unable to determine your application in this time a Licence will not be automatically granted due to animal welfare implications.

Planning Requirements

Your application for a Licence will need to consider whether planning permission is required for the proposed licensed activity.  You should contact the Planning Authority via planning.control@newcastle.gov.uk or phone 0191 2115654 to discuss whether permission will be needed. 

How long does the Licence last?

The initial Licence is valid for one year. Operators will need to appy to have their Licence renewed after the first year of operation at which point the length of their Licence determined by their risk rating which takes into consideration the risk of an operator breaching any licence conditions, the impact on animal welfare of any such breaches and whether the operator is already meeting higher standards of animal welfare than is required by the Licence conditions. Licence holders will receive a written reminder prior to the expiry of their Licence.

Convictions

Anyone can apply unless disqualified in terms of the convictions for the offences listed in Schedule 8 of the Regulations

Right of Appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a Licence or by any conditions to which a Licence is subject may appeal to a First Tier Tribunal.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it using the contact details below.

Copies of the Regulations can be purchased from Her Majesty's Stationery Office or can be accessed at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

Contact Details

For further information or clarification please contact the Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Email: tradingstandards@newcastle.gov.uk
Phone: 0191 2116121

Page last updated: 
6 November 2018
 
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