Licensing Support

New Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) regulations come into on 1 October 2018. They replaced a number of different pieces of animal establishment regulations, namely: Boarding Establishments Act 1963, Pet Animals Act 1951, Riding Establishments Act 1968, Dog Breeding Act 1991, Performing Animals Act 1925.

From that date any businesses in England commercially trading live animals or boarding cats or dogs either during the day or overnight will need a licence issued under the new regulations, although existing licences issued under the Pet Animals Act 1951 or the Boarding Establishments Act 1963 will remain valid until they expire. The new regulations take effect on renewal or if your business is being brought into the scope of licensing for the first time.

Activities such as pet sitting, pet grooming and dog walking are not covered by the new regulations.

 Legislation and Guidance Documents - **NEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS TO COME INTO EFFECT 1 FEBRUARY 2022**

The full regulations are available to view online at: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2018/9780111165485

In addition, the supporting guidance for each activity is available below. Some changes have been incorporated into the guidance since they were first published.

Commercial Dog Boarding - Kennels

Commercial Cat Boarding - Catteries

Commercial Home Boarding

Commercial Dog Daycare

Commercial Pet Vending

Commercial Dog Breeding

Animal Exhibits

 

 Risk-Rating System

Local authorities determine a business’s star rating based on welfare standards found during an inspection and on whether that business is deemed low or high risk. Businesses deemed low risk and meeting higher welfare standards will access the highest star ratings, which in turn is likely to lead to ‘light touch’ licensing and potentially lower fees. The new legislation will also provide the requirement for trained inspectors and the requirement for the training of licence holders and their staff.

Procedural guidance notes for local authorities

This sets out useful information for inspecting authorities which you may find useful during the inspection process. In particular it outlines the new star rating system which will be applied by local authorities and which will determine the term of your licence (1, 2 or 3 years).

Procedural Guidance

 What is PIF doing for its members?

PIF members will have access to a number of policies and documents in the members’ only section of this website.

 What’s available to PIF members?
Retailers

leaflet- Point of sale leaflets on a range of different pets (example left) have been developed for you to download and to provide to potential new pet owners when selling livestock. These leaflets will be free for our members from the members' area of the website. 

- Templates, policies and documents to help you comply with the legislation. Again, these will be free for you to download.

- Online training courses, including City & Guilds Level 3 Pet Store Management, as well as shorter courses on a range of topics including small mammals, fish, birds, reptiles will help you comply with the training requirements of the legislation. These will be available for you to purchase from the PIF website and a discount is available to our members.

Kennels, catteries, daycare and home boarding businesses

 - Templates, policies and documents to help you comply with the legislation. Again, these will be free for you to download. 

- Online training courses, including dog boarding, home boarding and day care to help you comply with the training requirements of the legislation. These will be available for you to purchase from the PIF website and a discount will be available to our members.

 Primary Authority

Don’t forget that as PIF members you are automatically opted in to our Primary Authority scheme, which we operate with the Corporation of London. This scheme can be used by PIF member businesses to arbitrate if they encounter difficulties with their local authority or receive unusual licensing stipulations. It’s like an extra insurance policy on licensing and it comes as part of PIF membership as long as the licensable business activity is covered by membership and you haven’t previously ‘opted out’ of the scheme. Further infromation is available on our Primary Authority page.

We want to hear from you!

If you have any questions about the regulations or the guidance please let us know by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephoning 01234 273933. PIF will be collating comments and working with our Primary Authority partner to ensure the best possible for outcome for our members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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