The Public Protection, Anti-Social Behaviour (PPASB) and Licensing Service Manager:
a. presented a report which outlined the requirements of the Animal Welfare (licensing of activities involving animals) (England) Regulations 2018 which came into force on 1 October 2018
b. reported that the Regulations would be the primary legislation for the licensing of the following animal activities;
(It was reported that this was due to the officer work remaining the same albeit over a variable period. This should also be viewed as an incentive for businesses to be compliant in order for them to be eligible for a longer licence term.)
l. invited members questions and comments.
Cllr Smith sought clarification regarding the position with the dog breeders.
Cllr Kerry raised concerns about the enforcement against, for example, dog breeders and how this would be dealt with. The PPASB and Licensing Manager advised that the team would act upon any information received. If an individual wanted to advertise on media outlets, they would need to provide a registration number in order to try to capture those smaller breeders. The Licensing Officer stated that it was difficult to predict what the enforcement levels would be at this stage.
Cllr Vaughan sought clarification regarding a right to appeal which was confirmed to end with the PPASB and Licensing Manager and the Assistant Director for Communities and Environment. Cllr Vaughan asking whether the council would choose the vet for this work.
The PPASB and Licensing Manager confirmed that a procurement process for authorised vet(s) to undertake this work would be commenced.
Cllr Vaughan sought clarification on enforcement procedures in relation to other performing animals other than owls.
The PPASB and Licensing Manager stated that the regulations included ferrets/bird demonstrations, however, would not include circus performing animals which were not permitted under other legislation.
Cllr Briggs sought clarification regarding the cost of breeding a dog, registering it, feeding/taking care of it and the profit relating to this.
The PPASB and Licensing Manager stated that if the applicant could prove the overall cost of vaccinations, microchipping, registering and raising the puppy up to point of sale etc. this amount would be considered in relation to the definition of dog breeders/permitted profit margins.
The Assistant Director for Communities and Environment reassured members that resources were in place to administer the legislative changes to the licensing of animal activities. The standards of the council were high and the legislation was welcomed by the team to consolidate the framework for this regime. It was suggested that a progress report back to the Committee be provided in 6 months’ time.
That the following recommendations be referred to Executive and Council:
1 To approve the fees for all licensable activities under ‘The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 of:
· £250 plus Vet’s fees
· The revised figure for the performing animals licence of £220
· A 10% reduction in fee for licences charged for registered charities.
2 That a further progress report be provided to Licensing Committee 6 months after the commencement of the operation of the new regulations.
Reasons for the Decision
A unanimous decision was reached by members of the Licensing Committee. Members fully supported the decision and members agreed with the proposals and were pleased to see the various regimes being brought together and were grateful for the work of the team.
Dated: Signed …………………………………..
Designation: Licensing Officer
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The Licensing Team
City of Lincoln Council