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Animal licences

Fees for animal licences are set to increase from April to reflect the amount of time it takes to grant, renew and review each one.

 

The vast majority of licences cover pet shops, kennels, day care, breeders and the use of animals in exhibitions.

 

The fees currently range between £25 and £599, depending on the nature of the business and the number of animals involved, and could be increased by between £15 and £176.

 

The council’s general licensing committee will consider the increase in fees, which were recommended at a meeting of the cabinet last week.

 

Cllr Penny Plant, cabinet member for environment, told the meeting that changes to legislation were introduced in 2018, allowing local authorities to charge a ‘reasonable amount’ to cover the costs of the work.

 

One year on and officers have inspected 69 premises, giving them a much better idea of how long each licence takes to deal with and how much the process costs.

 

Mrs Plant said councils were not allowed to make a profit from the licensing and the increase in fees would make the whole process ‘cost-neutral’, ensuring Chichester did not lose money either.

 

A report to the meeting said the 2018 regulations had been ‘generally well-received’ because it was felt they had ‘levelled the playing field between operators’.

 

Guide dog trainers are exempt, while dog walkers do not need a licence unless they run their service as a business.

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