The new Animal Welfare (Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 require all those who keep animals to train or exhibit, to hold a licence with the local authority. Previously, these keepers would have been registered with Suffolk County Council under the old Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925.
All new premises will need to submit an application form. All currently licensed premises will be sent a letter when their renewal is due.
The applicant must complete an application form for each of the licensable activities they apply for. The applicant must then send the completed forms to East Suffolk Council along with the application fee. The relevant local authority will be the one that covers the area of the applicant’s premises where the majority of the applicant’s licensable activities happen.
Local authorities should aim to issue a decision on an application within 10 weeks of receiving a new licence application. It is possible that the process can take longer, for example, if further information is needed from the applicant or if it’s difficult to arrange the inspection. However, we will look to determine each application within 10 weeks wherever possible. A new application and fee may be required from the applicant, if the application is held up due to insufficient information provided, to determine compliance with the licence conditions.
East Suffolk Council will write to each licence holder that to inform them that they need to renew their licence 3 months before it is due to expire. The licence holder must apply to renew a licence at least 10 weeks before their current licence expires. This is to avoid incurring a break in the licensable activity, if they wish to continue to operate.
All current registrations will expire on 1 April 2019. This meaning that each keeper will need to apply to this Council to obtain a new licence before 1 April 2019. Licensed Zoos will also need to apply where they take animals out of the zoo for exhibition. All those who do not have a current licence will need to apply for 1 October 2018.
You are deemed to require a licence if you keep or train animals for exhibition in the course of a business for educational or entertainment purposes, to any audience attending in person, or by recording visual images of them.
This new Regulation will include:
If granted, all keeping or training animals for exhibition licences will be granted for 3 years, at which point the licensee must reapply if they wish to continue trading. You must be able to meet all the conditions of the licence and therefore you are encouraged to read the guidance document produced by DEFRA.
The licence will be issued for three years, and will be issued only once an inspection has been undertaken by the Local Authority. The Officer will be checking to ensure that the applicant meets the requirements of the Animal Welfare (Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, and the subsequent government guidance. It is therefore advised that applicants read through this document thoroughly to ensure that they comply.
|Public register of keeping or training animals for exhibition|
|East Suffolk register of keeping or training animals for exhibition|