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Animal premises licensing

There are a number of animal related businesses that are licensed by the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

These include:

Animal boarding establishments

These premises are licensed under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 and relate to the boarding of cats and dogs.  The licence is issued annually and runs from 1st January to 31st December each year and the premises are inspected periodically during the year.  The licence includes a number of conditions relating to:

  • condition of the construction – walls, floors, drainage, lighting, ventilation etc.
  • layout and exercise facilities
  • management

Dog breeding establishments

A licence is required to carry out a business of breeding dogs for sale.  Under the Breeding of Dogs Acts 1973 and 1991, and the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999, the keeping of bitches that give birth to five or more litters in any 12 month period constitutes a business and requires licensing.  The licence is issued annually and runs from 1st January to 31st December each year and the premises are inspected periodically during the year.  When an application is received for the first time, an inspection is undertaken by a veterinary surgeon / practitioner.  The licence includes a number of conditions relating to:

  • condition of the construction – walls, floors, drainage, lighting, ventilation etc.
  • kennel layout and exercise facilities
  • management

Horse riding establishments

Under the Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970 it is necessary for a premises to hold a licence for the keeping of horses / donkeys for the purpose of their being let out on hire for riding and / or for the purpose of their being used in providing (in return for payment) instruction in riding.  The licence is issued annually and runs from 1st June to 31st May each year and the premises are inspected periodically during the year.  The equines are inspected annually by a veterinary surgeon / practitioner.  The licence includes a number of conditions relating to:

  • condition of the horses
  • condition of the facilities
  • condition of the equipment
  • health and safety for riders

Pet shops

Pet shops are licensed under the Pet Animals Act 1951 as amended by the Pet Animals Act 1951 (Amendment) Act 1983.  The licence is issued annually and runs from 1st January to 31st December each year and the premises are inspected periodically during the year.  The licence includes a number of conditions relating to:

  • condition of accommodation
  • types and levels of stock
  • feeding and food storage

Dangerous wild animal licences

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 specifies a number of animals that require specific licensing.  There is a wide range of animals covered by the Act, including certain monkeys, certain snakes, certain spiders and insects, certain lizards and reptiles.  If you are considering having a more unusual pet, you should seek advice from the Environmental Health Section to ascertain whether you will need a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence. 

The licence is issued annually and runs from 1st January to 31st December each year and the premises are inspected periodically during the year.  The licence includes a number of conditions which will relate to the specific species.

Zoos

Zoos are licensed under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981.  A zoo is defined as any establishment where animals of wild species are exhibited to the public.  Any such collection which is open to the public, with or without charge, on seven or more days in a twelve month period needs a licence from the Local Authority to operate.

The initial licence for a zoo is granted for a period of four years, after that the renewal is for a period of six years.  The premises is inspected by both the Local Authority and specialised Zoo Inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State. 

The zoo licence relates to a wide range of issues including:

  • provision of food and water
  • provision of a suitable environment
  • provision of animal health care
  • provision of opportunity to express most normal behaviour
  • provision of protection from fear and distress
  • transportation and movement of live animals
  • conservation and education measures
  • public safety in zoos
  • public facilities

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 gives the Local Authority the power to take with them such persons as they think appropriate when undertaking inspections in relation to licences or registration.

If you are concerned about animal welfare or safety issues at a licensed animal premises on Anglesey, then contact Environmental Health.

Contact Environmental Health

Public Protection Department
Regulatory and Economic Development
Council Offices
Llangefni
Anglesey
LL77 7TW
General enquiries:01248 752820
Animal welfare:01248 752866
Housing Enforcement Team:01248 752836/752835
Health and safety:01248 752866
Food Safety Team:01248 752866
Fax:01248 752880
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General Email:ehealth@ynysmon.gov.uk

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