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We worked with key stakeholders to ensure the licensing requirements are clear and consistent, clarifying and updating the statutory guidance supporting the controls in light of stakeholder concerns.
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The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 streamline and modernise existing licensing controls with respect to dog breeding, animal boarding, riding establishments, pet sales and animal exhibits. They have been widely welcomed and came into force on 1 October. The purpose of the licensing regime is to provide greater reassurance about welfare standards in various commercial establishments involving animals. The controls include a new risk based approach in that those that are low risk and apply higher standards get a 5 star rating and can benefit from a longer licence (up to 3 years) and a lower fee. We received a number of comments relating to the statutory guidance issued under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 for home boarding and dog day-care. Primarily, these are issues of clarity. We have discussed the specific issues that have been raised with our stakeholder groups which includes businesses, charities, veterinarians and local authorities. We also met with the individuals that started the petition to discuss their concerns. We have made some adjustments to the ยท guidance, to address those comments, to provide further clarity and to help improve the understanding among both local authorities and businesses. This includes changes to the definition of a designated room in the home boarding guidance, so that hallways and bathrooms can be included as designated rooms as long as they meet certain standards, and so that dogs from the same household can share a designated room. We have disseminated the updated guidance to local authorities and stakeholders to ensure that the regulations continue to promote a high standard of animal welfare with a minimal disruption to businesses. The updated guidance has now been published on Feedback on the changes has been positive.Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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